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Monday, 31 December 2012

Major achievements of UDF Govt in 2012 PDF Print Email

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On the Right Track of Governance: Deccan Chronicle, 30-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Tamil Nadu should honour Parambikulam-Aliyar accord PDF Print Email

cmmay28Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has urged Tamil Nadu to honour the Parambikulam-Aliyar accord in letter and spirit, based on which that state should release the due share of water to Kerala for addressing the unusual drought situation and the perils faced by farmers in the district of Palakkad. Oommen Chandy made this demand in a letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

In the letter, it was also pointed out that as per the agreement the onus is on the part of Tamil Nadu to ensure the supply of water to the check-dam at Manakadavu. It was also made clear in the letter that Kerala does not have other sources for water to address the drought situation in Palakkad.

Further in the letter, the Chief Minster has appreciated the special meeting of the Joint Water Regulation Board that was convened on the 26th of this month to discuss measures to save the standing crops in the Chittur Puzha-Ayakkatu area. Tamil Nadu has already assured Kerala that it would give 1453 m c ft of water instead of 1750 m c ft as agreed by their officials for the period starting from 15 December 2012 to 31 January 2013. But owing to the current drought situation prevailing in Palakkad and also taking into account the irrigation needs of the crops in the region, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has insisted on getting 1750 m c ft water from Tamil Nadu.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in his letter to Tamil Nadu chief minister has also demanded immediate intervention to maintain the required water level at Sholayar dam by the 1st of February 2013, as per the Parambikulam-Aliyar accord. For the purpose, it is essential that working of the first power generation unit be stopped and the working of the second unit commenced at the earliest, the chief minister has pointed out in his letter.

In the letter, Oommen Chandy has demanded immediate intervention of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on the issue.            

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Personal Rapid Transit System PDF Print Email

Personal Rapid Transit System would be started at Trivandrum and Kottayam for strengthening the transportation sctor. INKEL is preparing a detailed project report regarding the same. This system would connect small roads and places having less accessibility. This system would have cabins without drivers installed on top of pillars erected at ground. In India this mode of transportation is now only at Amritsar.

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Security for fishermen PDF Print Email

Wireless network system has been installed for helping the fishermen who venture out into the sea. The families of those fishermen who were shot dead in the sea were given immediate help and job. The loan interest of fishermen was also written off.

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Pension and title deed for farmers PDF Print Email

The pension amount for farmers having less than 1 hectare of land has been increased to Rs 400 per month. Price for the procurement of rice has been fixed as Rs 15. Those who possessed forest land before 1-1-77 will be given title deeds. These lands will be considered as revenue land and 1500 title deeds will be granted in this regard. As per the Kerala Land Act it has been decided to grant title deeds to other 3400 persons too. Title deeds will be issued only up to 4 acres of land. The implementation of Kuttanad Package has been made effective. The whole amount required for pumping at Kuttnad would be given as subsidy. Agriculture insurance was also started.

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Successful Politician: The Special malayalam magazine, December 2012 PDF Print Email
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Law on right to health needed: CM : Malayala Manorama, 28-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Consult states on PPP projects: CM to Centre - The New Indian Express, 28-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Snehalepanam: The Special magazine PDF Print Email
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IBN7 Diamond States Award : Marunadan Malayali 27.12.2012 PDF Print Email
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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Kunjunju to all : The Special Magazine PDF Print Email
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Expert Committee to study the health report of Maudani PDF Print Email

cabThiruvananthapuram 26-12-2012: A five member expert of doctors has been appointed to study the health report of Maudani, given by the Karnataka government, said CM. He was speaking to the media persons here today.

CM said that follow up procedures would be discussed only after getting the detailed report of the committee appointed for the same. As Maudani is in another state, Government has got several limitations. However Government would do whatever it can within those limitations.

TECOM has been instructed to complete the Smart City project in a time bound manner. CM has said that TECOM has not officially given any hint of backtracking from the project.  CM added that Government has expressed its dissatisfaction over the delay in the work of Smart City.

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Cabinet Decisions 26-12-2012 PDF Print Email

cabinet2Concrete Road to be constructed on an experimental basis  Thiruvananthapuram 26-12-2012:  On the basis of the findings of an expert committee appointed to study the quality of concrete roads, it has been decided to rebuild the Seaport- Airport road with concrete, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today. Sanction has been given for the construction of the 5.5 km road from HMT to Manalimukku.

CM said that we had such roads in Travancore and Malabar regions that were constructed before independence. Such roads are a success in big city like Mumbai.

GAIL to give 30% of fair value

GAIL has conceded to the recommendation of the state to give threefold increase in the fair value of land through which the pipeline passes.  AS per their All India plan, only 10 % of the fair value of land was to be given. Taking into consideration the special condition of the State they would give 30 % of fair value. It has also been decided to reduce the width from 20 meters to 10 meters.

Other decisions

It has been decided that Construction Corporation would take up construction of link road from Eerekadavu to Manipuhza at a cost of Rs28 crore.

In principal approval has been given to give Rs 11.8297 crore, to overcome the liability of Steel Complex limited, for initiating a joint venture of Steel Complex Limited and Steel Authority of India.

Sanction has been accorded to give 20 cents of land at Vanchiyoor for construction of Office of the State Election Commission.

20.256R land at Trivandrum Medical College Hospital would be given on lease for a period og 30 years for constructing Electricity Board Substation.

10 cents of land will be provided at Chalakkudy for the reinstallation of the statue of Panampalli Govinda Menon.

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Yet another national recognition for Kerala PDF Print Email
ibnrront_newKerala has bagged four out of the nine IBN7 Diamond States Awards. Kerala was adjudged the 'Best Big State' in the award categories of Education, Environment, Health and Poverty Reduction. On behalf of the Kerala Government, Minister for Health V S Shivakumar and Minister for Panchayats Dr M K Muneer received the awards from the Honorable Speaker of Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar at a function held at The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. National leaders, chief ministers and other key personalities were present during the awards ceremony.

"The recognition in the form of IBN7 Diamond State Awards is highly motivating and also reminds us of the responsibility to continue with our efforts to transform Kerala into a model State in India," said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

This is the fourth edition of Diamond States Awards of IBN7 that recognize states contributing significantly, in human and social development. The award categories coming under 'Best Big State' and 'Best Small State' include core infrastructure, citizen security, education, employment, environment, healthcare, poverty reduction, water & sanitation and women empowerment. There are also special awards for Best Emerging Big State, Best Emerging Small State, Best Big State and Best Small State.

The selection procedure of IBN7 Diamond States Awards is a multi-pronged and comprises a nationwide survey covering a sample size of 10,000 respondents; an online survey reaching out to 7500 respondents and secondary research scouring data available on government websites. The survey data was then analyzed by KPMG, the knowledge partner for the IBN7 Diamond States Awards initiative.

It was just couple of weeks back that Kerala won the Web Ratna Award instituted by the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Earlier this year, the State had won the 'State of the States' award for governance instituted by India Today.

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At the helm of development : The Special Magazine PDF Print Email
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Govt. not to Implement Expenditure Review Committee suggestion in toto PDF Print Email
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CM insists on removal of stage from NH PDF Print Email
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Friday, 21 December 2012

Early bird incentive to seaplane operators: The Hindu,21-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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All-Women IPS Team to probe crime against eve in the state The New Indian Express,21-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Assembly for wider debate on Gadgil Report: The Hindu,21-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Reject impractical proposal: Deepika,21-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Article on CM by Arch Bishop Joseph Powathil PDF Print Email
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Classical status to malayalam: Malayala Manorama- 20-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Malayalam Clears a hurdle in attaining classical status- The Hindu,20-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Calls to vigilance - Malayala Manorama,20-12-2012 PDF Print Email
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Thrikakkara Info Park: Special package for road development PDF Print Email

thrikakakaraThiruvananthapuram 19-12-2012: Special funds would be marked in the budget for the development of roads to Thrikakakra Info Park. This decision was taken in a meeting chaired by CM. It has been decided to start the preliminary works of Kakanad- Thankalam, Thammanam, Seaport-Airport road.

Steps will be taken to develop project for the connectivity roads. The meeting has also decided to posts necessary staffs for acquisition of lands.

Brahmapuram canal would be cleaned using river management funds. Industrial water supply scheme would be implemented to bring clean drinking water to the area.

Minister K Babu, V K Ibrahimkunju, P K Kunhalikutty, Adoor Prakash were also present.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cabinet Decisions 19-12-2012 PDF Print Email

cab-augustThiruvananthapuram 19-12-2012: Rs 150 crore and Rs 52.85 crore sanctioned for maintenance of roads under the public works department and for works under the water authority department.

 The service of doctors appointed for the prevention of contagious diseases extended to three more months. A sum of Rs 4.5 crore has been sanctioned for the purpose.

RDOs appointed as Adjudicating Officers in food security department.

Full-time benefit sanctioned to 12 part-time instrument music teachers working in four government run blind schools and 8 aided blind schools.

Six posts sanctioned for the newly started B Arch course at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute in Kottayam. These include five teaching staff and one non-teaching staff.

Fourteen aided special school teachers included in educational package.

Additional units of surveyor and draftsman civil approved for Pallipad ITI along with two posts of junior instructor.

Eleven posts sanctioned to manage police outpost at the base of Wayanad Pass.

Mannarkad police station in Palakkad to be bifurcated and a new police station to come up at Kalladikode. 42 posts sanctioned for the purpose.

Pay revision of 2011 to be made effective for employees of Kerala Science Technology and Environment Council and research establishments under it.

Moratorium on loans availed of by fishermen from various financial institutions to be extended up to 31-12-2013 starting from 1.1.2013.

Land under animal husbandry department at Kodapanakunnu would be allotted on lease to build the headquarters of Youth Welfare Board.

Pay and allowances of Kerala State Homoeopathic Cooperative, pharmacy employees, Alappuzha will be revised.

Justice C N Ramachandran Nair appointed as chairman of Dam Safety Authority.

Kerala to approach the Supreme Court on the issue of the share of water entitled to it as per the Aliyar-Parambikulam agreement.

Revised cost estimate sanctioned for fish landing centre at Muzhappilangad in Kannur district and for the road works at Kampanipadi tsunami colony in Chellanam panchayat of Ernakulam district.

Rs 12 lakh sanctioned for making the Vandiperiyar-Sabarimala-Satram road motorable on an immediate basis.    

Approval given for Kottarathil Kadavu - Paloorpadi road in Kottayam district.

Nursing students' hostel sanctioned in Alappuzha.

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Kerala declared drought hit PDF Print Email

varalchaThiruvananthapuram 19-12-2012: The state has been declared drought hit. This decision was taken at a meeting of State Disaster Management Authority chaired by CM. Ministers will be entrusted to review drought situation state wide. It was decided at the meeting to hold all state level meetings within 31st of this month. Drought relief measures ill be taken up at all constituencies. MLAs will be entrusted with this duty. CM told that the recommendations kept forward by MLAs will also be considered for the follow up activities. CM has also given instruction to clear all the problems regarding drinking water and electricity immediately.

Minister Adoor Prakash made it clear that HRVA has been entrusted for drought examination in the state. He also said that the meeting has also decided to extend the Insurance pilot projects for paddy, pepper, cashew at Idukki, Malabar, Waynad areas with the sanction of the Centre and also to implement this state wide. Inclusion of more crops under the scheme would be considered.

Repair works will be undertaken for pumps installed for pumping drinking water. Pipe lines will be installed for bringing water. Temporary bunds will be erected at certain places.

A detailed memorandum will be submitted to the Central Government. State is under severe drought. All possible steps will be taken to get funds from the Centre especially under the circumstances of changing climatic seasons. Serous damages have been reported for paddy too.

Ministers Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, K P Mohanan and others were also present.

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Sanction for the first phase of Centre for Performing arts at Varkala PDF Print Email

varkalaThiruvananthapuram 18-12-2012: CM today gave sanction to the first phase of Centre for performing arts project at Varkala. This is going to be the practice campus for art forms of Kerala at International level. Varkala can be converted to a major tourist destination.

Central Planning Commission had sanctioned Rs 10 crore for its works. Government would expedite steps to get the funds soon. Education, Tourism etc is focused. In this cultural centre facility such as Campus, Nalukettu, Koothambalam, Kavu, Kalari and option to stay will be provided here. Performance will be held every day for the tourists. Mohiniyattam, Bharathanatyam, Kathakali, Yoga etc will be taught. Tourism department would give two acres of land for the project, Steps will be taken to acquire 10 ares fo land for the same.

Ministers AP Anilkumar, K C Joseph, Varkala Kahar MLA, Chief Secretary, Tourism Secretary were also present.

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Committee formed to discuss terms with DMRC on Mono Rail PDF Print Email

monorailThiruvananthapuram 18-12-2012: In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy a committee headed by the Minister for Transportation Aryadan Mohammed was formed to discuss and finalize the mono rail projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. With the transport minister as chairman the committee would have Additional Chief Secretary Elias George, Public Works Department Secretary T O Sooraj and Managing Director of Mono Rail Corporation, Harikesh as members.

In the meeting, the Chief Minster has asked the committee to hold discussions with DMRC and finalize things before the board meeting of mono rail in January, next month.

The meeting was also attended by ministers Manjalamkuzhi Ali, V K Ibrahim Kunju, V S Sivakumar, M K Muneer, Aryadan Mohammed and K C Joseph.

Office of mono rail projects at Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram would be set up soon. At Thiruvananthapuram, it will have a length of 22.2 km and the first stage of the project connecting Techno City and Karamana would be completed in three phases. This stretch would have 19 stations and passing through Pallipuram, Kaniyapuram, Kazhakuttam, Kariavattom, Gurumandiram, Pangapara, Sreekariyam, Pongumoodu, Ulloor, Kesavadasapuram and Pattom. The track would be on a two-metre wide median through the centre of NH 47. Four flyovers would also come up at Kariavattom, Sreekariyam, Ulloor and Pattom-Plamoodu as part of the project. 

First phase of the project would be completed in one year and the second phase within three years after the required acquisition of land and the third phase of the project would be completed within three years. The mono rail would have three cars with a seating capacity of 520.

In Kozhikode the mono rail would be of 14.2 km in length covering 15 stations between Medical College and Meenchantha.

The estimated project cost for Thiruvananthapuram is Rs 3590 crore and Kozhikode is Rs 1991 crore.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

High-level meeting convened on price hike PDF Print Email

cmmay28Thiruvananthapuram 18-12-2012: A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy discussed the current situation of increase in rice price in the State. Among the decisions taken in the meeting to check the price hike situation were to give direction to Supply Co managing director to procure more rice and to strengthen raids at ration shops across the State.

The discussion on price hike was held following the demand for the same at the UDF meeting that was held a day before. The discussion on price hike held at the office of the chief minister in the Legislative Assembly was also attended by the Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Anoop Jacob, Minister for Cooperation C N Balakrishnan, Minister for Home Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, chief secretary and finance secretary.

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Web Ratna Award 2012 Compendium PDF Print Email
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Web Ratna Gold Award for Kerala Chief Minister’s website PDF Print Email

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New Delhi 10-12-2012: Kerala Chief Minister’s website (www.keralacm.gov.in) grabbed the prestigious Icon of Excellence Web Ratna Gold Medal Award instituted by Central Government to promote innovative e-Governance initiatives. This is for the first time Web Ratna award is coming to Kerala. P.T.Chacko-Press Secretary and Jogie George Jacob-PA to CM received the award from Union Minister for Communication and IT, Shri Kapil Sibal in the award give off function at Delhi. Ministers of State Shri Milind Deora and Dr(Smt.) Kruparani Killi were also present. The award aims to honor initiatives taken by the Chief Minister who have leveraged upon the use of ICT to solicit active participation of public in the process of governance.

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Entries were called for in the categories of citizen centric services, public participation initiatives, outstanding content and innovative use of technology. The award secretariat consisting of three tire screening committee observed that the Kerala Chief Minister’s website has succeeded in bringing better public participation in governance.

The round-the-clock live webcast of CM’s chamber and office, 24x7  online grievance redressal cell which offer public to lodge their complaints and to follow up the same, the secretariat file tracking facility and vision 2030 idea box are the notable characteristics of Kerala Chief Minister’s website.

‘The New York Times’ had applauded the live streaming of Chief Minister’s office as part of Oommen Chandy’s earnest efforts to bring transparency in governance by incorporating technological innovations. Many others at National and International level has placed their remarks earlier regarding the new governance initiatives among whom, UNDP Director Jeraldin Fracer Molliketi has given special mention to this website.

Crew behind the site are Dinesh Sharma-Principal secretary, Jyothilal-GAD secretary,P.T.Chacko-Press Secretary, Jogie George Jacob-PA to Chief Minister, S.Jayakumar, R.Sivaramakrishnan, S.Satheesh, P.S.Ashish and Rejith Raj..

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Monday, 17 December 2012

Centre’s help to be sought for agriculture development: CM PDF Print Email

tariq_anwarThiruvananthapuram 15-12-2012: The State would continue its effort to get the help from Centre for agriculture development in the state, said CM. He was speaking to the media after his meeting with Central Minister for State Tariq Anwar here today.

Matters such as agriculture package for state, Kuttanad Package, special scheme for Attapadi etc were discussed, said the CM. Minister Tariq Anwar said that all possible help would be extended to the state for agriculture development. He also added that he came to know more about the developments in the field of agriculture in the State from CM. He told that needs of the state would be brought to the attention of Central Minister for Agriculture and the Prime Minister.  

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Government of the United Progressive Alliance, Report to the People 2011-12 PDF Print Email
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Saturday, 15 December 2012

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Web Portal to make PDS transparent PDF Print Email

PdsThiruvananthapuram 14-12-2012: CM today inaugurated a web portal to make the PDS more transparent. The portal is dedicated to resolve the doubts of the people regarding PDS. The people can track the movement of rice and other grains from FTI godowns to the ration shops.  FMPDS system was also inaugurated by CM which enables citizen to get the number of the vehicle that carries food grains to the ration shops and the number of the dealer through SMS. To make the PDS more efficient and transparent it is necessary to make use of modern technology, said the CM.

Minister Anoop Jacob and were also present.

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Energy resources should be protected: CM PDF Print Email

energy_mangemntThiruvananthapuram 14-12-2012: Apart from finding new energy sources that are conducive to the environment of Kerala, it is the necessity of the time to strengthen the activities to protect the same, said CM. He was speaking after distributing the energy conservation awards instituted for persons and organizations that showed excellence in conserving energy. CM also inaugurated the International Seminar conducted jointly by Energy Management Centre and Japanese Cultural and Information Centre.

Energy conservation is a subject widely discussed in the world. There cannot be development without electricity. Energy should be protected at any cost. Several cautions steps need to be taken to protect energy, said the CM.

CM also pointed out the need to protect energy resources mainly under present circumstances where we are not able to get sanction for new projects in the name of environment al problems.

Minister Aryadan Muhammad, K Muraleedharan MLA and others were also present.

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Necessary changes would be brought in the field of cinema: CM PDF Print Email

iffThiruvananthapuram 14-12-2012: Necessary changes would be brought in the field of cinema, said CM, while inaugurating the closing ceremony of 17th edition of IFFK. Cinema is a medium of enjoyment for common people and the Government would give all support to it. CM said that his year’s festival showcased good films. This festival devoid of problems increased the strength and confidence of Malayalam films.

Many new methods would be adopted for the success of next edition of the festival. Technical Directors would be posted and online film magazine would be released before Jan 30. Moving theatre facility would be introduces. The first theatre would start its function within 3 months.

Starting of miniature theatres is under consideration and the work of theater complex would start as soon as sanction is granted.  Films archives would be started at Munnar.

Ministers K C Joseph, K B Ganesh Kumar, Mayor K Chandrika, Academy Chairman Priyadarshan were also present.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

National Games will be conducted in the best possible manner: CM PDF Print Email

ngThiruvananthapuram 12-12-12: The National Games would be conducted in the best possible manner with all the facilities, said CM. He was speaking at the first organizers meeting of the 35th National Games held here today.

The basic facilities that are to be provided in the seven districts of the State where the games would be held will be checked and all the drawbacks will be rectified. Committees will be formed under different departments and responsibilities entrusted to make sure that everything is being done as per plan. Government will give all possible support as this is the Games is the pride of the state, said the CM.

Minister K B Ganesh Kumar said that Games village will be started in connection with the National Games.  Total cost of the Gems is estimated at Rs 611.33 crores out of which Rs 122 crores will be given by the Central Government.

Minister A P Anil Kumar, National Games Chief Coordinator Jacob Punnoose, MLAs and others were present.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Media Response : Web Retna Award 2012 PDF Print Email

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Web Ratna Gold Award for Kerala Chief Minister’s website PDF Print Email

webratnaNew Delhi 10-12-2012: Kerala Chief Minister’s website (www.keralacm.gov.in) grabbed the prestigious Icon of Excellence Web Ratna Gold Medal Award instituted by Central Government to promote innovative e-Governance initiatives. This is for the first time Web Ratna award is coming to Kerala. P.T.Chacko-Press Secretary and Jogie George Jacob-PA to CM received the award from Union Minister for Communication and IT, Shri Kapil Sibal in the award give off function at Delhi. Ministers of State Shri Milind Deora and Dr(Smt.) Kruparani Killi were also present. The award aims to honor initiatives taken by the Chief Minister who have leveraged upon the use of ICT to solicit active participation of public in the process of governance.

Entries were called for in the categories of citizen centric services, public participation initiatives, outstanding content and innovative use of technology. The award secretariat consisting of three tire screening committee observed that the Kerala Chief Minister’s website has succeeded in bringing better public participation in governance.

The round-the-clock live webcast of CM’s chamber and office, 24x7  online grievance redressal cell which offer public to lodge their complaints and to follow up the same, the secretariat file tracking facility and vision 2030 idea box are the notable characteristics of Kerala Chief Minister’s website.

‘The New York Times’ had applauded the live streaming of Chief Minister’s office as part of Oommen Chandy’s earnest efforts to bring transparency in governance by incorporating technological innovations. Many others at National and International level has placed their remarks earlier regarding the new governance initiatives among whom, UNDP Director Jeraldin Fracer Molliketi has given special mention to this website.

Crew behind the site are Dinesh Sharma-Principal secretary, Jyothilal-GAD secretary,P.T.Chacko-Press Secretary, Jogie George Jacob-PA to Chief Minister, S.Jayakumar, R.Sivaramakrishnan, S.Satheesh, P.S.Ashish and Rejith Raj..

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Friday, 07 December 2012

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Rastriya Rifles Battalion team visits CM PDF Print Email

rastriyarifles Thiruvananthapuram 07-12-2012: Religious harmony and high quality education is what differentiates Kerala from other states, said CM. He was speaking to the members of Rastriya Rifles Battalion team that visited CM at his chamber today.

The team consisted of 23 students and two teachers form Punch district in Kashmir and officials of Rastriya Rifles Battalion.

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Exemplary service medals- Benefits to be increased with retrospective effect: CM PDF Print Email

sainik_07122012Thiruvananthapuram 07-12-2012: The benefits for the soldiers who are awarded medals for their exemplary service would be increased up to Rs 25 lakhs with retrospective effect said CM. He was inaugurating the Flag Day celebration at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium today.

Financial assistance would be provided to those soldiers who need surgery and to those who need medical aid. It had been decided to increase the limit for Bright student Scholarship. All necessary steps would be taken for the welfare of retired soldiers and their family members. CM has also informed that Rs 13 lakhs would be granted for Kannur Territorial Army that won the award for the best unit in the country for buying Minivan.

Government would consider increasing the wages of retired soldiers who work as home guards. 46 welfare projects are carried out under Sainik Welfare board. Rs 9.50 crores were distributed to sainiks. The profit of Christmas New Year Bumper lottery will be set aside for the welfare of soldiers. The work of Sainik Rest House at Ernakulum has been completed. Work of one at Malappuram has been started and sanction has been given for starting works of rest house at Kottayam.

Minister V. S Sivakumar, K Muraleedharan MLA. Actor and Goodwill Ambassador of Territorial Army Mohanlal and others were present.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012

Cabinet Decisions 05-12- 2012 PDF Print Email

cabinet2State Road Improvement Project   As per the State Road Improvement Project (SRIP) rehabilitation and upgradation works would be undertaken on 1204 km road in the State. Under the Upgradation package comes 653 km of road the amount for which would be sourced from financial agencies like NABARD. And under the Rehabilitation package, it would be 551 km of road, requiring Rs 892.11 crore, which would be sourced from financial institutions. The funds raised as loan would be repaid on annuity scheme, requiring a repayment of Rs 296 crore per year, to be completed in 15 years.

 Talks with ration dealers

The government has decided to enhance the Public Distribution System (PDS) by going for full computerization. A decision in this regard was taken after Chief Minister Oommen Chandy held a meeting with the ration dealers' association in the presence of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anoop Jacob.

Taking into account the difficulties that might arise following the computerization of PDS, the government has decided to appoint a single-member commission to study and report to the government in three months' time. The commission's study would be based on how ration shops can be transformed into transparent and useful service outlets for the common man. Based on the suggestions of the commission the government would come up with measures to improve the PDS scenario and decided on the financial commitment for implementing them.

The government has also decided to give Rs 500 as one-time commission to ration dealers, which is based on an earlier commitment.

PSC asked to extend the validity of lists

 Giving hope to thousands of job seekers, the government has asked the Kerala Public Service Commission to extend the validity of rank lists that will expire by June 30, 2012 by one year.

Renovation works at Karimadom colony

 The government has decided to undertake immediate maintenance and repair works at the six residential blocks at Karimadom colony in Thiruvananthapuram. The decision comes in the wake of the visit to the colony by the Minister for Health V Sivakumar. The details of the work will be finalized based on the report of Urban Development Minister Manajalamkuzhi Ali.

New family courts

Following a high court decision to start eight new family courts, government has decided to set up these courts in Chavara, Attingal, Ottapalam, Tirur, Mavelikara, Pathanamthitta, Pala and Kattappana.

 Policy for mini hydel project

The government has given the approval for the Kerala Small Hydro Policy meant for executing mini hydel projects on Independent Power Project / Captive Power Project model through competitive bidding.

Hike in salary for pre-primary staff

The government has decided to increase the salary of teachers and assistants in the pre-primary classes managed by PTA in government schools. Teachers would be paid Rs 5000 and ayas Rs 3500 with effect from 1.8.2012. This decision comes following a court order, which also stipulates mandatory qualifications for government schools to start new pre-primary schools.

Funeral expense of freedom fighters

The government has increased the funeral expense of freedom fighters from Rs 3000 to Rs 5000.

Additional Skill Acquisition Programme and Youth Policy

The Higher Education department is all set for the successful implementation of Additional Skill Acquisition Programme, for which government has sanctioned 11 new posts.

The government has also given the approval for the new Youth Policy.

Territorial Army

 In the backdrop of the Territorial Army unit, Kannur getting the award for the best TA unit in the country during its 22 years of existence, the Kerala government, as a token of appreciation has decided to present the unit with a 17-seater mini bus.

Shifting of sub-jail

 The sub-jail at Kottayi in Palakkad District would be shifted to a 10 acre land in Malampuzha. The land belonging to the Irrigation department has been allotted for this purpose.

Compensation to well-incident victims

The government has decided to provide Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three youths who died of suffocation inside a well in Thiruvananthapuram District.

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sswThiruvananthapuram 03-12-2012: Job will be ensured for persons with disability, said Cm. He was inaugurating the seminar on Multi-disciplinary Approach to Disability Management held in connection with International Day of Persons with Disability at Kanakakkunu, here today.

PSC has been instructed to report maximum number of vacancies before Dec 31 st to give posting to disabled. Steps have been initiated to give permanency to those disabled who have completed 179 working days from 1999 to 2001 through employment exchange. Government would think of considering creation of supernumerary posts. No income limit will be fixed for getting disability pension.

Minister PK Abdurabb and others were also present.

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Saturday, 01 December 2012

Wayanad will not have a tiger reserve : CM PDF Print Email

cmmay28Wayanad 30-11-2012 : At a meeting held in Wayanad collectorate that was attended by leaders of various political fronts and elected representatives to discuss the alarming situation that has gripped parts of Wayanad due to tiger attacks in the past couple of weeks, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy categorically said that the district of Wayanad was not in the reckoning for setting up a tiger reserve.

Further in his statement, the chief minister allayed the apprehensions of the people of Wayanad by saying that at a meeting that was held with the Union Minister for Women and Environment Jayanti Natarajan, Kerala has made its stand clear by not agreeing to the move for declaring a tiger reserve in the district of Wayanad. This decision of Kerala was accepted by the Union minister, the chief minister said. In this backdrop there is no need for unwanted concerns, he added.

The government would soon take a decision on increasing the compensation provided to the losses due to wild animals and would cover damages to agriculture, loss of domesticated animals and injuries to people from wild animals. An elephant task force comprising trained elephants and veterinary doctors to track down tigers will be maintained in the district,. The strength of forest personnel would be increased and walls and trenches to prevent wildlife attacks would be constructed and also solar-powered fences.

The chief minister said that "the State government will give due importance for protecting the wildlife, but at the end of the day the priority would be for protecting the life and property of the people. And we are taking appropriate measure in this regard."

The meeting at the collectorate was also attended by the Minister for Scheduled Tribes and Youth Welfare P K Jayalakshmi, M I Shanawas (MP), I C Balakrishnan (MLA), M V Sreyams Kumar (MLA), district panchayat president K L Poulose, Principle Chief Conservator of Forest V Gopinathan and district collector K Gopalakrishna Bhatt.

Memorial for Pazhassi Raja in Wayanad

 Inaugurating the 207th death anniversary of Pazhassi Raja at Mananthawadi U P School, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the government was actively considering an elaborate memorial for Pazhassi Raja and a decision on that regard would soon be taken. Presiding at the inaugural function was the Minister for Scheduled Tribe and Youth Welfare P K Jayalakshmi.

The government has sanctioned Rs 1 crore for providing more facilities in and around the burial spot of Pazhassi. According to the Chief Minister: "All Keralites should feel proud of Pazhassi, who fought valiantly against the British. His fight against them was even before that of Jhansi Rani's and his valour and the love towards his homeland made him a true hero of this country."

More teachers at Thalappuzha Engineering College

 Immediate steps would be taken to appoint more teachers at the Thalappuzha Engineering College at Mananthawady in Wayanad Dsitrict, the Chief Minister said. He was speaking at the inaugural function of the second main block in the college. Minister for Scheduled Tribe and Youth Welfare P K Jayalakshmi presided over the function.

The chief minister also said the basic facilities would be enhanced in the districts of Wayanad and Kasaragod, which has become a reason for government employees to shun these places. The responsibility was on the part of the government and would act in a duty-bound manner, he said.

The newly inaugurated building is a four storeyed one having a total of 40 rooms. The inauguration of the ladies hostel and also that of the quarters meant for professors were also done by I M Shanawas (MP) and district panchayat president K L Poulose respectively.

CM lauds officers of KSEB

 The officers of the Kerala State Electricity Board were appreciated by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy for completing the works of 66 KV sub-station at Koolivayalil near Panamaram in Wayanad District in a time-bound manner and also by saving Rs 40 lakhs from the total cost estimated. Appreciation from the chief minister came in during his speech after the inauguration of the sub-station. "Let officers like these become role models for the State," the chief minister said.

Presiding over the function the Minister for Power, Arayadan Mohammed said that the officers involved in the work would receive good service entry and also cash reward of Rs 5000 each. The construction of the 66 KV sub-station was completed by a team of officers led by executive engineer Saji Poulose of the transmission wing under Kaniyampatta Electricity Division.

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

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kcVigilance inquiry against Kochi Muziris Biennale     Thiruvananthapuram 28-11-2012: Vigilance inquiry will be initiated against Kochi Muziris Biennale on the basis of the recommendations of Financial Inspection Wing, who have unearthed several financial irregularities in the conduct of the previous Biennale festival, said Minister KC Joseph, briefing the cabinet decisions here today. Since CM had to go to Delhi immediately after the cabinet, briefing was entrusted to Sri K C Joseph, Minister for PRD.

Finance Department would initiate action against those who gave such an advice that Financial Codal Provisions need not be followed when Rs 5 crore was spent.

If there are any Government nominees in the committee or trust of Biennale they would be withdrawn.

From now on no financial help would be given to them by the government. But as per the agreement drafted by the previous LDF Government, Durbar Hall would be rented out for four months without any pay.

The recommendation of financial inspection wing to include them in black list has not been agreed citing them as an important cultural and heritage project.

They will not be allowed to use the logo of Government or Lalithakala Academy from here on.  Apart from financial help other help would be provided.

1953 disabled to get permanent posting

This Government has initiated steps to clear the backlog of the posts for disabled and as a result 1121 vacancies have been reported to PSC for appropriate action, said Minister K C Joseph. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today.

Those disabled who were posted on contract basis between 16-08-99 and 31-12-2001 through employment exchange and have completed 179 days will be given permanent posting after discussing with PSC. 1953 persons would get the benefit, said the Minister. This decision was taken in the wake of the World Disabled Day, celebrated on Dec 3.

Independence Struggle Golden Jubilee Memorial to be dismantled

The Government has decided to dismantle the Independence Struggle Golden Jubilee Memorial in front of Durbar Hall in Secretariat as this has become a shame on the cultural and aesthetic value of the state. Terming this memorial as one that lacks artistic value, the Minister said that based on the findings of the expert committee constituted it has been decided to dismantle the memorial, instead landscaping would be done to the area as part of beautification works in the secretariat.

The place has become a haven for stray dogs and the terracotta sculptures are in a state of ruin and are not fit for visitors. The memorial had been in the centre of several controversies ever since it was erected in 2001at a cost of Rs 23 lakhs.

Expatriates to get voting rights in Panchayath elections

Observing the pattern of amendments incorporated in RP Act, the provision for the expatriates to vote in elections to local bodies will be included in the three-tire Panchayathi Raj Act. A new section 21A would be incorporated in the act and the Kerala Panchayath Act would be amended.

DYSP Office and Police Control room to be opened at Nadapuram

Taking into consideration the prevailing tense situation at Nadapuram, the Government has decided to open one DYSP office and a Police Control room at Nadapuram. As per the recommendation of Home department 60 new posts will be sanctioned for the purpose.

Land acquisition for developing NHs to be expedited

On the basis of complaints related to the land acquired and alignment for development of NH 14 and NH 47 and in the state, a committee with Chief Secretary as head will be constituted to study issues and expedite land acquisitions.

 The NH will be widened to 45 meters clearing all the alignment problems. Worship centers would be spared and direction would be given not to affect the Thonakkal Kumaranasan Memorial in connection with the development of NH.

Minimum fare for Auto rickshaw hiked to Rs 15

The minimum fare for auto rickshaw for 1.25 km would be raised from Rs 14 to Rs 15.

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New generation should play a role in national development: CM PDF Print Email

pratibhaThiruvananthapuram 27-11-2012: It is the responsibility of the present generation to make the future generation capable of contributing to national development, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in his inaugural address at a function held at the Mascot Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram to launch the Pratibha Scholarship scheme of the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment and the website on 'Women in Science in Kerala'.

Further in his inaugural address the chief minister said, "Even though Kerala has high literacy, it is yet to utilize its human resource in an appropriate manner." Of late students are reluctant to pursue studies in science subjects and the country is experiencing a great deal of brain drain. The society has a collective responsibility to encourage the new generation in all sectors, the chief minister added.

The scholarships instituted by KSCSTE were meant to enhance the affinity of students towards science and to give more importance for science subjects in higher studies. More details on the scholarship can be had from www.kscste.kerala.gov.in. The website www.keralawomenscientists.com has been launched to build an online database of women working in various fields of science.

Others who were present during the inaugural function include K Muraleedharan MLA, project director of DRDO, Tessy Thomas and scientist and head of KSCSTE, K R Lata.


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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Women empowerment in Kerala a model for Ethiopia PDF Print Email

ethiopia_27112012Thiruvananthapuram 27-11-2012 : Greatly impressed by the programmes that contributed to the empowerment of women in Kerala, the delegation from Ethiopia has evinced interest in implementing the model in their country. A request in that regard was made to the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy by the delegation from Ethiopia, led by its Minister for Women and Children Ms Zenebu Tadesse that met the chief minister at his office.

The delegation showed interest in women empowerment programmes of Kerala including that of Kudumbasree and also on women's active presence in local self-government bodies in the State. The delegation opined that Kerala is truly a model for programmes that can pave the way for women empowerment. Other sectors in Kerala that the Ethiopian delegation showed interest was agriculture, education and IT. And for the entrepreneurs here, Ethiopia welcomed investments in its farm sector viz. coffee and sugarcane.

The Ethiopian delegation that met the chief minister comprised government officials and peoples' representatives.

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Monday, 26 November 2012

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Ration subsidy for APL category through banks would prevent diversion of rice: CM PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 26-11-2012: It was decided to go ahead with the proposal to distribute the ration subsidy through banks to ensure that the subsidy reached the beneficiaries, said CM. He was talking to the media after the discussion with leaders of opposition today at his chamber. CM explained the need to bring in changes in the PDS to the opposition.

The decision to disburse subsidy through banks was taken on the suspicion that a large quantity of subsidized rice was getting diverted. Such a move would prevent black marketing of ration goods. If the subsidized rice distributed through PDS had reached people the price of rice would not have risen in the market, said CM. Government is spending Rs 700 crore for giving subsidy.

The BPL category would continue to get 25 kg of rice a month at Rs.1a kg; however smart cards would be made mandatory. The subsidy for the amount of rice purchased through PDS by APL category would be credited to their bank account, said CM.

Civil Supplies Corporation would directly procure the rice from the mills. Out of that 62000 tones of rice would be given to schools for the mid day meal scheme. Rest of the rice would be distributed through PDS.

CM however said that as suggested by the opposition the matter would be discussed in assembly. Discussions would be carried out with other ministers regarding this, said the CM.

Assistance to endosulfan victims

The distribution of assistance to endosulfan victims have commenced. Necessary funds have been sanctioned for this. Government has issued GO for including the persons with mental disability in the list of affected persons. Decision regarding inclusion of persons with other disabilities in the list would be taken after carrying out discussions.

The state would continue to take a strong stand in the endosulfan case which is now in the Supreme Court. Senior advocate K K Venugopal would appear for the state, THE CM said.

Discussions would be carried out with officials ahead giving the land of Thonakkal Asan Memorial for developing the highway.

CM said that the Government would consider giving option with regard to the point raised by the opposition that the decision to disburse pension through banks would create problems for handicapped and persons unable to walk without the help of others.

Aadhar cards would be made mandatory for students. However students who do not have the card would also get the benefits.

Government would ensure that the benefits given by the Government for Copra procurement reaches the farmers. Central government is giving Rs 5,500 per quintal for coconut procurement and State Government is giving Rs 500 per quintal for the societies that procure coconut and convert them to copra.

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Friday, 23 November 2012

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

UAE amnesty- State Government will give all support: CM PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 21-11-2012: State Government would provide all necessary help to those keralites who return after availing the benefit of amnesty declared in UAE, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today. Steps are being initiated in this regard.

Around 10,000 to 15,000 malaylees are to get the benefit of the amnesty.  NORKA representatives would be sent to Dubai to extend help to malayalees. Indian Overseas Ministry, Indian Embassy and Air India would provide the help to those who return.

1 Lakh sq ft area to be handed over by 2014 to student entrepreneurs

With the motto of changing the youth from job seekers to job creators, the student entrepreneurship programme announced in the Emerging Kerala Meet has invited wide attention.  Around 400 applications are pending for approval. As said 10,000 sq ft area has been handed over to the student entrepreneurs to begin start up villages by KINFRA.

Work is fast progressing for 25,000 sq ft area which will be handed over by March 12 next year. The rest 75,000 sq ft area would be handed over by Jan 12, 2014 to the student entrepreneurs. Apart from this 25 cents of land will be allotted to provide basic facilities.

The young entrepreneurs are determined to change the state into a Silicon Valley. Cabinet has approved their request to visit Silicon Valley to study things over there. Five representatives would be sent to Silicon Valley by the Government.

Ordinance to be brought out to sanction new beverages

Government will bring out an ordinance that entrusts Panchayaths, Muncipalities and other LSGs to give sanction for new beverages. Governor has been recommended to issue the ordinance.

 Other Decisions

Sanction has been given to register Alappuzha Coir Manufacturing Unit in Public Sector.

Salary of the staffs of Thenmala Eco Tourism Project would be renewed.

The Panchayath road at Mulavukadu, Ernakulam will be developed by including it in the Gosree project.

58 new posts have been sanctioned as part of upgrading the Thaluk hospital at Changanassery to General hospital.

For the smooth functioning of Right to Information Office, 15 new posts have been sanctioned.

A Cabinet Subcommittee with Majalakuzhi Ali, K Babu, K B Ganesh Kumar, Shibu Baby John, M K Muneer and Ibrahim Kunju as members has been entrusted to study the changes that are to be brought to the existing building rules in the state.

Special Insurance Scheme has been introduced for the India Reserve Battalion Commandos. They would get benefits up to Rs 10 lakhs form the scheme.

Edapally Traffic Police Unit will be upgraded as Koch Traffic East Station.

In principle approval has been given to take up Centre for Earth Science Studies Trivandrum by Central Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Admnistrative sanction has been given to repair the road from Piravom to Ernakulam as the work of Drinking water project progresses along the route. Government would give additional amount of Rs 546 for the road works.

No haste in M M Mani's arrest

M M Mani was arrested based on the statements made by him. The problem was created by Mani himself. Government has only initiated legal action in this regard. Enquiry conducted on the basis of his revelations proved correct.  To the question of why M M Mani was arrested at 5.30 in the morning, CM said that such an action was taken as he is the main accused in the case. Nothing illegal has taken place, said CM and added that there was no unnecessary haste in this matter. 


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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

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Monday, 19 November 2012

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Friday, 16 November 2012

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Thursday, 15 November 2012

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Thiruvananthapuram 15-11-2012: 

Briefing media personnel here today, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the Indian Oil Corporation has taken a defiant stand after the gas tanker tragedy at Chala in Kannur District. The Government of Kerala has so far taken a definitive plan for relief measures as far as the package for property loss is concerned. The government had made an appeal to IOC for meeting the compensation to persons and families involved in the incident, to which they have only responded so far by giving just 1 crore. "It has been more than three months since the tragic event took place and IOC has not given any assistance other than this one crore," the Chief Minister said. The government would take stern action, if IOC continues with their defiant stand on this issue.

Sports quota recruitment

 Of the total 101 sports quota recruitments, 23 of them have not been given a post, for which the government would create 23 supernumerary posts in eight departments.

Panamara block office

 Government has decided to give 90 cents of land for Panamaram block to build its own building.

KSRTC service conditions

 The government has given the go ahead for renewing the service conditions of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The government has also decided to hold talks with the Kerala Public Service Commission to solve the longstanding problem of employees who were to be given jobs in the coach building unit of KSRTC. They were advised by the PSC but not given jobs in KSRTC due to change in technology adopted, which resulted in the employees remaining jobless.

Auto, Taxi fare hike

 Complying to most of the recommendations of the commission's report on auto and taxi tariff hike, the government has agreed to the following:

Minimum auto fare to be hiked is Rs 14 from the current Rs 12 and Rs 8 for each kilometer beyond the minimum. For tax, the hike is Rs 100 for 5 kilometers from the current Rs 60 for 3 kilometers. Beyond the minimum, it will be Rs 9 for each kilometer. 

 Other decisions

 As part of Student Police Project, Rs 500 additional would be given as honorarium to Community Police Officers.

One-time settlement in Housing Board to be extended up to 31-01-2013.

District Development Centres to be made active in all districts.

Taking into account the Central governments order on quarries that stipulates minimum 5 hectares for its functioning, the State government has decided to allow legally functioning quarries in Kerala on a temporary basis for one year.

Fishermen would be given kerosene through Matsyafed, instead of Civil Supplies. An agreement in principle in this regard has been reached, which will be further streamlined by the Chief Secretary.

Taking into account the rush at the Attukal Devi temple during the Sabarimala pilgrim season, the government has decided to provide Rs 55 lakhs as part of arrangements for the pilgrims at the Attukal Devi temple.

Lack of doctors in health dept, public health and ESI is posing lot of difficulties for the people. In this circumstance, government would ask PSC to take steps for recruitment of doctors on an emergency basis and the government would amend rules accordingly. 

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Thiruvananthapuram 15-11-2012: The meeting of MPs was held today at the Thycadu Guest house to discuss the different matters that are to be brought up during the winter session of Parliament. The meeting was presided over by CM.

To the compliant of MPs that the banks are not following the directions of Central Government and Reserve Bank, Minister KC Joseph said that the State Government had put forward clear directions in the meeting of representatives of different banks. Strict action will be taken if banks flaw the directions with regard to education loans. Directions will be displayed in front of the banks. No security is to be taken for loans up to Rs 4 lakhs. The banks have agreed to give loans to those students who secure admission in merit and management quota.

If no repayment is done for loans no action should be taken against manager who has approved the loan. Banks have also agreed to the proposal to write off loans if the student or the person who generates income of the family dies.

CM pointed out that the mass opinion is that DMRC should take up the Kochi Metro Project, said the minister. CM and Aryadan Muhammed would meet Central Minister Kamal Nath and Delhi CM Sheela Dixit before the DMRC board meeting on 27th.

The procedures to attain classical status for Malayalam language is in the final stages. Representatives from the state would meet Central Ministers regarding this.

Requirement of Kerala for a separate railway zone will be presented in the Parliament. CM made it clear that the recommendation of Gadgil committee will in no way be agreed.  CM has also asked the MPs to present in Parliament the attitude if ignorance shown by Air India to the passengers of Kerala.

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sisudinamThiruvananthapuram 14-11-2012: Providing good and quality education based on values and principles would help the new generation to lead the nation to great heights, said CM. He was giving the Children’s Day message to students of SMV school at a function organized in the school.

Central Minister Sashi Tharoor, representatives of student and others were present. Children’s Day rally was also organized as part of the event. 

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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

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kuttaThiruvananthapuram 14-11-2012: The prosperity meeting held at CM’s Conference hall has evaluated the progress of projects till date and has set priority for projects.

CM has instructed to carry out works of A C Canal, Thaneermukkom bund and Thotapally spill way. Decision has been taken on the works of first and second phases of A C Canal. As the third phase has got practical and scientific problems decision in this regard will be taken later.

Project report has been prepared for the work of first phase of A C Canal which should be completed within a year. Project report of the second phase is being prepared. Land needs to be acquired and this will be included in the fast track mode. CM has instructed Collector to take necessary steps. Tender process will be initiated within six months.

DPR for Thaneermukkom bund has been prepared. Letter will be sent to the Centre seeking approval. In principle approval has been given for the proposal by deleting coffer dam. For the renovation ofThotapally spill way Rs 12.52 crores has been sanctioned.  DPR has also been prepared to construct bunds in 421 paddy fields. The estimate prepared for the same has been sent back by the Centre for revision. Sanction of Rs 1533.27 crores from Centre is required for the second phase of Kuttand package. Second and third phase needs 807.87 and 382.33 crores respectively.

Distribution of reaping machines has started. 150 machines are to be distributed out of which 20 will be handed over to Kottayam District Panchayath. Rs 177.463 crores has been sanctioned for special agriculture sector. For the protection of rivers that drains into Vembanad lake Rs 1083 crores have been sanctioned. Ministers Kodikunnil Suresh, P J Jospeh, KP Mohanan and others were present.

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Thiruvananthapuram 12-11-2012: For the overall development of Idamalakkudy, the only adivasi panchayath in the state, package of Rs 10 crores will be implemented, said CM. He was speaking after distributing Dr B R Ambedkar media awards.

Sanction has been accorded for the Central Project worth Rs 80 crores which ensures the rehabilitation of those residing in the forest by bringing them to the outside world. They would be given Rs 10 lakh as assistance. Steps will be mooted for the effective implementation of the project.

Government is giving priority for resolving the issues of backward classes and for implementing welfare programmes. The reason for not achieving the desired results is not due to the lack of funds or projects, but due to the attitude in implementing those projects, said the CM.


Media has played an important role in bringing out such situations. It was thorough media that the problems of Idamalkkudy came into light. At Idamalakudy the government has to spend Rs 9 for distributing rice under the Rs 1 scheme.

The residents of Idamalakkudy face several problems such as not having roads, homes, treatment facilities and other basic needs.

Minister AP Anilkumar, K Muraleedharan MLA, Mayor K Chandrika were also present.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

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Friday, 09 November 2012

PDS to be fully automized by Jan1, 2014 PDF Print Email

cabinet2Thiruvananthapuram 09-11-2012: The Public Distribution System would be fully automized by Jan 1 2014, said CM. The 14,260 ration shops in the state will come under the automation process. He was speaking to the media here today. A series of actions supported by technology would ensure that highly subsidized ration rice will reach the real benefactors and would contain the rising price of rice in the open market, the CM said.

Other states have implemented modern techniques in PDS and it has proven good for the people. Government welcomes suggestions and recommendations from all, said the CM.

Three decisions have been taken in this regard by the Government.

APL category would receive 9kg of rice at subsidized rate. The subsidized amount ( 6.90per kg) would be credited to their bank account. Consumers should give their bank account number before March 31, 2013 and the subsidy would be credited with the outstanding amount from Jan 1,2013. Those who given their account number after that date would be credited with the subsidy from then on. Consumers can give their existing bank accounts and for those who need a new account a zero balance account is sufficient.

The BPL category would continue to receive 25 kg rice at  1. With the completion of the automation process any person from a family can go to the ration shops. If there is no one from the family to go to ration shops a person on behalf of the family can go to the shop. Thump impression of persons will be taken for the purpose of biometric records.

 The rice procured from farmers will be distributed through PDS. The rice for mid day meal schemes for school children will also be taken from this. Civil Supplies Corporation will directly collect rice from mills by avoiding middle men.

CM also said that the vehicles that carry rice would be monitored with GPS tracking system so as to avoid diversion and hoarding of rice.

CM also asked for support from all sections of the society to bring in changes to make available the subsidy given to people in an effective manner.

Currently the subsidy expense of the government on BPL and APL rice stands at Rs 350 crores respectively, said CM and added that in spite of giving such a huge subsidy the price of rice in open market is rising, which indicated that the subsidized rice is not reaching the people. If it had reached the people the price would not have increased in the market, he said.

CM said that the subsidy amount is the money of the people and it is the onus of the Government that the money reached the people.

Treasure of Padmanabha Swami Temple

CM disagreed with the statement of CPM Secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and also that of the Opposition Leader regarding the possession of treasure in Padmanabha Swami Temple. The treasure is the property of the temple and it should remain with the temple and be preserved there.

The royal family had preserved it for centuries when there was no democracy and media to monitor and this clearly shows their sanctity. The statements against them should have been avoided.

Kovalam Palace Issue

The All Party Meeting scheduled on 12th to discuss the Kovalm Palace Issue has been postponed as the Government has not received proper legal advice on the matter which is also sub-justice. A clear Government order has been issued which states that the Kovalm Palace and related land is the property of the Government.

UDF government had taken a strong stand in this issue. In 2004 the UDF Government took possession of the palace and the owner questioned this move of the Government in the court. The verdict came in favour of the owner.
In 2005 government brought an ordinance in this regard and took it up again. But in Jan 2011 the court ruled against the move of the Government and now the Government has gone for appeal. CM said that the Government is totally right in its stand that the Palace and land belong to the Government.

The Government would go forward with other process, only if it is agreed that the Palace and related land belongs to the Government.

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Thursday, 08 November 2012

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Wednesday, 07 November 2012

All arrangements in place for Sabarimala pilgrimage: CM PDF Print Email

sabarimalaaaThiruvananthapuram 07-11-2012: All the arrangements needed for the pilgrimage season at Sabarimala which is to begin from Nov 15 have been completed, said CM. The high level meeting convened in the presence of Ministers V S Sivakumar and Ibrahim Kunju has decided to make the festival accident free and waste free. Vast arrangements have been made this year. The cooperation of different agencies and Government departments has been ensured.

All the wastes have been removed from Pampa, Sannidhanam and Nilakkal. For cleaning purposes a group of 1000 men have been formed. Heavy maintenance work of Sabarimala roads would be completed within 10th of this month. Walk ways have been constructed from Pampa to Marakootam. Work of two queue complexes has also been completed. Virtual queue facility would be strengthened.

Quality control cell has been formed to check the quality of aravana and appam that is to be distributed. Service of doctors has also been ensured. Drinking water would be made available.

Dewasom Chief Commissioner K Jayakuamr, DGP K S Balasubramanian, Dewasom commissioner N Vasu , district collectors and other high officials were also present.

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Cabinet Decisions 07-11- 2012 PDF Print Email

Steps to check rice price in open market      Today's cabinet also discussed two important issues - Strengthening of Public Distribution System and the Procurement of Copra that came up for discussion during the recently held UDF meeting in Thiruvananthapuram. 

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that with regard to market intervention, the government would take steps to put a check on rising cost of rice in the open market. For the purpose the government has decided to monitor the situation by which it would ensure that the paddy procured from farmers and converted into grains at the mills do reach the hands of BPL and APL consumers in the State.

As per the current rates, BPL families would continue to receive Rs 25 kg rice for one rupee and will be provided with RSVY Smart Cards to enter the details of their purchases. On the other hand the APL consumers would continue to get rice at Rs 8.90 for 19 kg and will get a subsidy for 9 kg of rice (Rs 6.90) which is the difference between the State subsidy of Rs 2 for 9 kg of rice and the Central government subsidy of Rs 8.90 for 10 kg of rice. This amount will be credited to the APL consumer's bank account.

Currently 65,000 ton of rice is required for the mid-day meal scheme in government schools and the remaining rice will have to be collected from the mills by the civil supplies corporation and through them it should reach the Public Distribution System.   

Currently the subsidy expense of the government on BPL and APL rice stands at Rs 350 crores respectively.

Procurement of copra

Briefing the media here today on the Cabinet decisions, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the procurement of copra did not live up to the expectations of last year. Being the case the government has taken some decisions to ensure significant changes to ensure an increase in the quantity of copra procured in Kerala.

The government is currently giving Rs 500 as subsidy for procuring one quintal of copra to societies and for that matter to any person involved in procuring copra. The results are already encouraging and we have so far procured 14,000 ton of copra, which is expected to cross 22,000 tons by the end of this year. Those who make copra from fresh coconut would also be given the subsidy of Rs 500 for a quintal.

A project worth Rs 21 crore by the Agriculture department for procuring copra was sanctioned by the cabinet. An immediate assistance of Rs 8 crore was sanctioned by the cabinet for the project with remaining to be met from the amount allocated for Agriculture in the current budget. As per the project, 20 drier units will come up in all 14 districts of the State with each unit having the capacity to process 20,000 coconuts on a daily basis. The drier units will be at 14 Agri Farms; at the 3 Coconut Development Centres viz. Elathur, Edappally and Mamam and at the European Agro Markets at Maradu in Ernakulam, Anayara in Thiruvananthapuram and Vengeri in Kozhikode. It has also be decided to procure fresh coconut at the rate of Rs 14 a kilo through Krishi Bhavans in the State. 

The State government would also request the Central Government to give subsidy for coconut oil on the lines of Rs 15 for palmoil, the chief minister added.

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IDEAS – File tracking system in Secretariat inaugurated PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 07-11-2012: CM today officially inaugurated the facility IDEAS (Information and Data Exchange Advanced System) an online advanced file information system which enables public to track their files at the Secretariat through Government website www.kerala.gov.in, sitting at home.

With the introduction of this system the public need not visit secretariat to know the status of their file. They would be able to track the movement of file just by the click of the mouse. This facility was announced in the one year programme of the Government.  The system has been implemented in all departments and almost 95% works related to this have been completed. CM said that this is a huge advancement in e-governance and added that the state is trying to change totally into e governance system. IDEAS represents an advanced information support system that facilitates more efficient and transparent administration.

“Through this system the staff will be on tenterhooks and as per the government rules, in three days’ time each staff has to dispose of the file. If it is delayed, then the staff is answerable,” said the CM.

The citizens would be able to track their file from anywhere in the world through internet of SMS. This facility is implemented by the Department of Information and Technology. The system is designed in such a way that the petitioner gets email and SMS according to the movement of the file to different sections and officers.

Not only the public but the MPs and MLAs can register complaints using this system and forward them to the respective ministers. They would get e mails on the movement of a registered file.

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Cabinet Decisions 07-11-2012 PDF Print Email

cab2Sea plane service to be operational before 31-01-2013      The first project in Emerging Kerala, Sea Plane service would start the service before 31-01-2013, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today.

Sanction has been accorded to start the works in this regard. Tourism Department has been named the nodal agency for the project.  7 crore would be given to Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Limited to provide the much needed infrastructure facilities.

Facilities at Sabarimala

An agreement would be executed between Dewasom Board and Forest Department to provide maximum facilities to the pilgrims visiting Sabarimala, the 12.625 hectares of land handed over from the tiger reserve with the permission from Centre and environment ministry. This was mentioned in the Sabarimala Master Plan as well.

Bus Charge Hiked

As per the recommendation of Justice Ramchandran Commission, the Government has decided to increase bus fares. The fares are revised as

Minimum charge

OLD  fare ( in Rs )

NEW  fare ( in Rs )

City / Town

5

6

Fast Passenger

7

8

Super Fast

10

12

Super Express

15

17

Super Deluxe

20

25

Luxury/ Hi-tech

30

35

Volvo

30

35

The minimum charge per km has also been revised

Minimum Charge

Old fare (in paise)

New fare (in paise)

City / Town

55

58

Fast Passenger

57

62

Super Fast

60

65

Super Express

65

70

Super Deluxe

75

80

Luxury/ Hi-tech

90

100

Volvo

100

120

The concession charge for students in buses has also been revised. The new charge is  1 from 50 paise.

The Government has rejected other recommendations of the committee.

Other decisions

The 2 acres of Kerala Agriculture University at Karivancherry, will be handed over to Neeleswaram Corporation for developing bus stand and for other purposes.

Administrative sanction has been accorded to repair Poothapara- Naayiparambu-  Azheekal road in Kannur. 

It has been decided to introduce e-ticketing facility in cinema theatres. An ordinance would be brought in this regard.

Clearance have been given to hand over the Government‘s share of Rs 12 crores to Smart City.

IM Vijayan, famous football player, now in Kerala police Service has been given promotion as Inspector in Armed Police eService. A supernumerary post has been created in this regard.

The Centre would be requested to place Gyanesh Kumar as Resident Commissioner of Kerala House.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Opportunity will be provided for young entrepreneurs: CM PDF Print Email

asapThiruvananthapuram 06-11-2012: Those youth who have the ability to create job would be given adequate opportunity, said CM. He was inaugurating the State level Additional Skill Acquisition Programme here at women’s college today.

CM said that the reason behind unemployment in the state is due to the lack of skill development. Youth in the state has got potential in them but what they lack is adequate practical knowledge.

Government aims to create a generation with skills through the additional skill acquisition programme. The country now gives importance to skill development. Skill Development Mission with PM as chairman would give training for the youth in all states.

Of the total 300 hours duration, 150 hours is set aside exclusively for communicative English and IT. No child would be left out in the name of financial burden. Young entrepreneurs should evolve. 20% attendance and 4% grace mark would be given to such students.

Ministers PK Abdurabb, V S Sivakuamar and others were also present.

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germanThe students and teachers of Herzog Christos Gymnasium Bylstis School, Germany today visited CM at his residence. CM responded to questions from the students. The students visited CM as part of the cultural communication organised by Trivandrum International School. 

The students of Trivandrum International School had visited Germany earlier. As a follow up of that visit the students from Germany came to Kerala on Oct 29 and visited old age homes to have an idea of the way of managing the institutions.

The students interacted with CM to have an idea of administration. They asked questions of his childhood days. CM explained to them in detail the events form his childhood and regarding his political works till date.

To the question regarding waste disposal CM replied that the state does not have a successful model to emulate and added that Government and Local Self Governing Bodies have given shape to different programmes for the disposal of wastes.

Regarding their question of Development and Care, CM explained the projects of giving 25 kg of rice at Rs 1 to BPL families and the free supply of generic medicines to all.  CM pointed out that Kerala is far ahead of other states in the field of education and health and said that stress is being given for developing basic infrastructure facilities.

CM also pointed out that the state has turned investor friendly and the success of Emerging Kerala is an example for this. The German group had 20 students and 2 teachers. They would return on 11th of this month.

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Welfare of soldiers is the responsibility of every patriot: CM PDF Print Email

lotteryThiruvananthapuram 06-11-2012: The welfare of soldiers who fights for the country is the responsibility of every patriot, said CM. He was inaugurating the sales of Christmas New Year Bumper lottery here today. He said that the profit made out of the sales of the lottery would be handed over to the Flag Day fund intended for the welfare of soldiers.

Apart from the motive of financial benefit the participation from the people would increase the confidence of soldiers. CM appealed everyone to stand united to help retired soldiers, the widows of those who died fighting for the country, those who are severely wounded while carrying out their duty.

The lucky draw of the lottery Christmas New Year bumper for Jawans will be on Jan 4. The price of the ticket is Rs 100. This carries a bumper prize of Rs 2 crores and gold coins.

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Documentary on CM released PDF Print Email

kunjoojuThiruvananthapuram 06-11-2012: The documentary on CM, “Malayalekalude Kunjunju” was released today by KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala by handing over the CD to Dileep, the famous actor. CM, Ministers K C Joseph, K Babu, V S Sivakumar, MLAs P C Vishnunath, Palode Ravi, Mariyama Oommen, Chandy Oommen were also present.

Sunny Joseph Directed the documentary while the lyrics was written by  Kaithapram, tuned by Deepak Dev and sung by M G Sreekuamar.

Anil Mathew, P N Naushad, Shaji, Indu Saji are the producers of this documentary on CM. The documentary covers the life of CM from his school days. The documentary is of 25 minutes duration. 

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CM presents State Film Awards 2012 PDF Print Email

11Thiruvananthapuram 05-11-2012: CM today gave way the State Film Awards 2012 and J C Daniel Award at a function here.  Dileep and Swetha Menon received the Best actor awards under male and female category respectively. J C Daniel Award for Jose Prakash (deceased) was received by his brother Prem Prakash . The award for the best comedian went to Jagathy Sreekumar, which was received by Sreekuamran Thampi on his behalf.

CM said that efforts would be taken to encourage Malayalam films and the Government would consider increasing the amount of the award.

Minister K B Ganesh Kumar presided over the function. Ministers V S Sivakuamr, Mayor K Chandrika and others were also present.

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Free Generic Medicine to all PDF Print Email

The preliminary phase of the free-of-cost distribution of generic medicines at government hospitals was inaugurated at General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram by CM on Nov 1, 2012.

The free distribution of generic medicines intended to save the common man from increase in price of medicines would cover 952 types of medicines, supplied through government hospitals. In the initial phase of the project, all medical colleges in Kerala and also general hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode would have this facility. And through primary healthcare centers 12 types of medicines would be distributed free of cost, which are meant for treating lifestyle health conditions like diabetes and cholesterol. The inauguration of this facility also took place at the same function. The list of medicines available freely as part of this project would be displayed at respective hospitals and a doctor would be appointed as nodal officer to ensure the availability of those medicines.

Thiruvananthapuram Medical College would be elevated to a referral hospital while the General Hospital also at Thiruvananthapuram would be made into a medical college.      

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Monday, 05 November 2012

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Seven Streams – Seven avenues of development envisaged as part of UDF Government’s One-Year Action Plan (Nov 2011 – Oct 2012).

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Sunday, 04 November 2012

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Thiruvananthapuram 04-11-2012: Government has not taken any decision regarding amending the bills especially the land use bill, said CM. He was talking to the media persons here today.

CM made it clear that the report tabled by the two commissions regarding land use bills were forwarded to the department secretary concerned to take the opinion.

CM reiterated that Kochi Metro and Vizhinjam projects would be completed in a time bound manner. The works related to the projects are fast progressing.

Viswamalayala Mahotsavam was a grand success, said CM and added that the benefits of the Mahotsavam would be visible in the coming days. He said that media had created unnecessary controversy regarding the Mahotsavam.  

CM denied the reports in media that two of his office staffs were transferred for accepting bribe. One was sent back to his original department for failing to discharge his duties properly while the other, who was in the computer cell of the office, was transferred as part of routine arrangements.

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Thiruvananthapuram 04-11-2012: CM today presented the progress report of the seven stream projects that were announced by the Government on November 17, 2011, which aimed at the overall development of the state.

The seven stream programme ensured corruption-free and transparent administration, protection of environment and solid waste management, higher growth and creation of employment opportunities, improvement of basic infrastructure and health care and skill development.  The programme also focused on development of knowledge based society, social security and welfare of people.

A total of 664 projects were announced in seven streams out of which 374 were implemented completely. 235 projects are fast progressing. An achievement of 91.7% could be achieved, said CM. In the 100 day programme of Government 107 projects were announced out of which 102 are progressing.

The achievements in seven streams are

1)      For a corruption free and transparent governance

Out of the 27 projects in this stream 17 were implemented totally and 9 are progressing.

2)      Stress on environmental protection and prompt garbage disposal.

Of the 33 programmes announced under this head 12 of them were implemented and 15 are nearing completion.

3)      Opening doors for more employment opportunities by stimulating the growth of the society.

A total of 110 projects were announced. 72 of them have reached completion and 35 are fast progressing.

4)       Steps to strengthen the basic infrastructure facilities.

193 projects were announced and 87 have been implemented completely. 91 projects are fast progressing.

5)      Better medical facilities for all.

Under this head out of the 36 projects announced 25 have reached completion while 10 of them are under progress.

6)      Taking the state for a big leap in IT sector.

In this stream 35 projects were included of which 26 have been implemented completely and just 8 more projects needs to be completed, the works of which are fast progressing.

7)       Scheme for better development of HR and ensuring safety & welfare of all

Under this stream maximum number og projects were announced the number being 230. 135 projects have been implemented and 70 are nearing completion.

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Friday, 02 November 2012

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bangladehThiruvananthapuram 02-11-2012: The boundary of friendship of Kerala with Bangladesh would be extended, it was decided. The decision came in the meeting of CM with Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq A Karim. Minister K C Jospeh was also present.

Bangladesh would establish tie up with Kerala in the Cultural and Educational sectors, said the High Commissioner. He also said that Bangladesh and Kerala has got similarities in geography and culture. Agriculture, food etc of Bangladesh is almost same as that of Kerala.

High Commissioner said that Bangladesh desires to have a strong relation with Kerala in Coastal Shipping, Health, Education, and Tourism sectors and added that Bangladesh would participate in trade fares and other developmental initiatives in Kerala. He also promised the participation of Bangladesh in the Annual Emerging Kerala Meet.

CM said that Kerala is an investor friendly state and is ready to cooperate with countries interested in investments in the state. CM also promised to create conducive atmosphere for discussion in the field of trade and commerce.

CM made it clear that the state is giving importance for basic developmental activities in the state and reminded that the state had gone forward in the field of education and health. High Commissioner pointed out that Kerala being a state with cent percent literacy, the atmosphere is conducive for investments and added that as part of the good will visit Bangladesh Navy would visit Kochi.

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Thursday, 01 November 2012

Treatment facility should reach all: CM PDF Print Email
cmmay28Thiruvananthapuram 01-11-2012 :"Making treatment facilities available in Kerala to all is what the government is trying for," said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during his inaugural address after launching the preliminary phase of the free-of-cost distribution of generic medicines at government hospitals. At the function held at General Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, the chief minister said that the people expected a great deal of help on matters pertaining to healthcare. Being the case the right to healthcare of the people should be ensured, he added.

The free distribution of generic medicines intended to save the common man from increase in price of medicines would cover 952 types of medicines, supplied through government hospitals. In the initial phase of the project, all medical colleges in Kerala and also general hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode would have this facility. And through primary healthcare centres 12 types of medicines would be distributed free of cost, which are meant for treating lifestyle health conditions like diabetes and cholesterol. The inauguration of this facility also took place at the same function. The list of medicines available freely as part of this project would be displayed at respective hospitals and a doctor would be appointed as nodal officer to ensure the availability of those medicines.

The inaugural function was presided by the Minister for Health, V S Shivakumar, who said that the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College would be elevated to a referral hospital while the General Hospital also at Thiruvananthapuram would be made into a medical college.      

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Viswa Malayala Mahotsavam comes to a close PDF Print Email
malayala_vvThiruvananthapuram 01-11-2012:Chief Minster Oommen Chandy said that the government has clear objectives with regard to language, its relevance and its status. He said this while inaugurating the conclusion of the Viswa Malayala Mahotsavam at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.

"Keralites are not fanatics of language; but they love their language. Worldwide, Malayalees uphold their love and respect to their mother tongue and culture. But they currently face an issue of not being able to teach the new generation, born and brought up in other states of India and also abroad. And they need our help. Malayalam Mission has already started their efforts in this regard," the Chief Minister said.

Culture and family relations are the two important things valued by Keralites. These values should be taught to the new generation of Malayalees living abroad. They should not come under the excessive influence of cultures other than the native. And the Government of Kerala would provide all assistance to realize this, Oommen Chandy added.

Further, the chief minister said that through Viswa Malayala Mahotsavam a new found confidence had dawned on us. It was Kerala that did not have a university based on language among the south Indian states. This void has been filled now with the inauguration of the Malayalam University on the 56th Formation Day of the State. The chief minister also went on to say that what Kerala needs next is classical status for Malayalam. Kerala deserves it and through the thoughts and initiatives that emerged from the Viswa Malayala Mahotsavam, Kerala will be able to achieve that goal. And the need of the hour was to stand and work united, he said.    

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Malayalam to be compulsorily made as first language in schools: CM PDF Print Email

Malayalam-Unicity-02Thiruvananthapuram 01-11-2012: According to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the government would take a firm approach for implementing Malayalam as first language at all schools in Kerala. He said this during his inaugural address of Malayalam University at Thunchan Paramb in Tirur. Efforts would be augmented to attain classical status for Malayalam language and that the activities of Malayalam Mission that was started to teach Malayalam to children in other states would be extended to foreign countries, the chief minister said.

Minister for Education Abdu Rabb presided over the inaugural function of the Malayalam University. The function also saw winners of the Ezhuthachan Award M T Vasudevan Nair and T Padmanabhan getting honoured. Other winners of the award and not present during the function like O N V Kurup, Sugatha Kumari and Prof M Leelavati would receive the honour at an occasion later. The report prepared by K Jayakumar the Vice Chancellor of the Malayalam University, the draft prepared by artist Namboothiri and the logo of the new university were released during the inaugural session.

Others who spoke during the inaugural function included ministers K M Mani, Aryadan Mohammed, A P Anil Kumar, Parliament members E T Mohammed Bashir, M I Shanawaz, Abdu Samad Samadani, P Ramakrishnan, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, Assembly members K Mohammedunni Haji, Advocate M Ummer, T A Ahmed Kabir, P Ubaidullah, Abdu Rahman Randathanni, District Panchayat President Suhra Mambad and District Collector M C Mohan Das.

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cm_news6Thiruvananthapuram 01-11-2012: A company would be formed to deal with waste management in the State. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said this after reviewing the performance of the newly bought mobile waste processing unit in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram.

The company would be formed based on the model of Cochin International Airport Limited (CILA), the decision on which was taken in principle by the Cabinet recently. "The government would explore all possibilities for environmental-friendly technologies for effective waste management. It was as part of these efforts that the mobile incinerator reached the capital. The system can process a ton of waste at a time and can do so in two shifts of eight hours each," the chief minister said. Joining him for the system inspection were ministers Manajalamkuzhi Ali and Dr M K Muneer. If the newly bought system functions satisfactorily then more such units would reach Kerala, added the chief minister.

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cmmay28Thiruvananthapuram 01-11-2012:Chief Minister Oommen Chandy once again reiterated his government's decision to entrust the work on Kochi Metro with DMRC. He said this after his latest round of discussions with E M Sreedharan. The chief minister would be in New Delhi on November 7 and 8 and with him would be his Cabinet colleague Aryadan Mohammed. They would be joined in New Delhi by E Sreedharan and Elias George, the managing director of Kochi Metro.

In New Delhi, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy would meet the Union minister Kamal Nath, the Chief Minister of New Delhi Sheila Dixit and if required the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Political Intervention to rope in DMRC for the Metro Project PDF Print Email

Tcabinethiruvananthapuram 31-10-2012: With the state having representation of eight ministers at the Centre, a strong political intervention would be made to rope in DMRC for the Kochi Metro rail project, said CM. He was speaking after his meeting with E Sreedharan here

The Government is optimistic that DMRC would take up the Kochi Metro Rail Project under the leadership of E Sreedharan, said CM.

When the idea of metro emerged in 2004 the State had set its mind on having the project as also the Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode mono rail projects implemented by the DMRC, said CM

 The related works of Kochi Metro had begun when we were sure to get the sanction from the Centre.

The state would present alternative proposal as it was intimated that DMRC was preoccupied with activities of Delhi metro’s second and third phases.

The government is keen that Kochi Metro should have the latest technology and equipment, said the CM.. He hoped that all the MPs and Ministers would extend total cooperation to the Government in this matter.

CM along with Minister Aryadan Muhammad would again meet Delhi CM Sheila Dixit, Kamal Nath and PM to get a positive outcome. CM said that the Mertro project is not a project of Kochi alone but a dream project of the state.

State is determined to complete the works of Metro in a time bound manner under the leadership of E Sreedharan.

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Cabinet Decisions 31-10-2012 PDF Print Email

cabinet2Strong Market Intervention to control price rise    The Cabinet has decided to sanction Rs 15 crore initially to Civil Supplies Corporation and State consumer Fed to control the rise in prices of essential commodities, said CM at the cabinet briefing today

Government would give all support to these agencies to effectively intervene in the market. A detailed project regarding this would be discussed in the next cabinet and an appropriate decision would be taken.

State Maritime Board

 The decision to set up a Maritime Board in the state, has been brought as an ordinance.

Iritti Package

The Government has given sanction to release Rs 4 crore 70 lakhs for the Iritti Package, declared earlier. Rs 2 cores were already given. The package was declared due to the damages caused by flash floods at Iritti.

Special Assembly Session

In principle approval has been given to convene a special session of Assembly in December to pass the laws that were brought as ordinance in the state. The dates would be fixed afeter consultation with the Speaker.

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kpccThiruvananthapuram 31-10-2012: Though there was no celebration intended by the CM, largely due to the hectic schedule, on his birthday, a totally unexpected celebration was planned for him at the KPCC office today.  

When the CM reached the KPCC office, he was welcomed with a birthday cake. It was a totally unexpected treat for the man who is entering into the age of 70.

KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala, Ministers V S Sivakumar, Adoor Prakash, K Babu, V M Sudheeran, Shashi Tharoor and others were present. 

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

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 Address by the President to the members of Kerala Legislative Assembly at Thiruvananthapuram

       
    It is a great privilege and honour to be here with you today and be part of the celebrations of 125 years of Legislative bodies in Kerala. I am grateful to the Hon`ble Speaker for his kind invitation and for having provided me the opportunity to meet all of you.

    I understand that three of my eminent predecessors Sri. K.R Narayanan, Dr. A P. J. Abdul Kalam and Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil have addressed this august House in recent times.   I am delighted to be here in this beautiful complex, which combines traditional architecture and modern technology. The statues of Mahatma Gandhiji,  Pandit Jawharlal Nehru and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in  front of the  Assembly Complex is  testimony to Kerala’s proud tradition of upholding national  integration and its commitment to living up to the ideals of these great leaders. I am happy to know that the Kerala Legislature has a Golden Jubilee Museum, perhaps the first for any State Legislature in India.  I am given to understand that the museum building has been declared as a heritage building and it also has a newly built section that showcases the history of Kerala’s democratic institutions with the help of state-of the-art technology. I am also happy to know that the State Legislature has set up a Training Cell for imparting education in parliamentary practices and procedures to the legislators.

    I am greatly impressed by the Green initiatives being launched by the Kerala Legislative Assembly. These initiatives reflect the dynamism and enterprise of the Speaker and the willingness of Kerala’s legislators to innovate, be responsive to the needs of the time and show leadership in protecting the environment.

    Friends, you are privileged to be the members of one of the oldest representative bodies in our country.  You are torch-bearers of parliamentary traditions initiated in 1888, in the erstwhile Travancore State. The representation of people in the Legislative bodies in Travancore and Kochi accelerated the democratic process and paved the way for the establishment of popular Assemblies representing the people’s aspirations and will in governance.  Travancore has the credit of having conducted elections on the basis of universal adult franchise way back in 1948, becoming among the first native states of India to do so.
   
    This Assembly has over the years pioneered many unique political initiatives which the rest of the country and the world at large had watched with great interest. Legislation in the fields of Land Reforms, Education, Social Welfare, democratic decentralization, anti-corruption etc. passed by the Kerala Assembly are amongst the best examples of the use of democratic institutions in bringing socio-economic and political transformation.  The fruits of these legislation can be seen in Kerala’s achievements in the fields of literacy, population control, labour welfare, and promoting socio-economic equality.  Let me on this occasion remember some of the stalwarts from Kerala who have left  a lasting impression on state and national politics like Shri V.K. Krishna Menon, Shri A.K Gopalan  Panampally Shri Govinda Menon, Shri C.M. Stephen, Shri E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Shri C. Achutha Menon and Shri K. Karunakaran.

    Decentralization of power is the sine qua non of true democracy.  Kerala Legislative Assembly has pioneered efforts in this field as proved by the numerous legislation relating to the constitution and development of local bodies.  

    Let me take this opportunity to congratulate Kerala on having ensured 50% reservation for women in local bodies.  I also compliment Kerala in ensuring accountability and transparency in administration through the effective implementation of the Right to Services Act.

    A steady and stable government is indispensable for the implementation of policies formulated for the integrated development of society. Kerala has witnessed coalition governments completing their full 5-year term uninterruptedly. In that respect too, Kerala has shown the country a practical model, which is now being experimented even at the national level.

    An important contribution of Kerala in the legislative sphere has also been the system of Subject Committees which has since been adapted into the Parliamentary Standing Committees at the Central level. I am happy to note that the number of Subject Committees has now increased from 10 to 14 at present. I am also glad to know that the welfare measures enshrined in the Directive Principles of State Policy has given shape to several welfare committees of the Kerala Legislature.  The establishment of Committees for the welfare of Senior Citizens, Non-Resident Keralites, Fishermen, Women and the physically challenged are praise-worthy.

    I am informed that the Kerala Assembly has met 3000 days since 1957 and has the record of having an average of 53/54 days of sitting in a year.  Though it is ahead of other state legislatures in this regard, there is considerable scope for further improvement. The Presiding Officers Conferences have time and again reiterated the need for holding a minimum of 100 days of sittings every year. I appeal to the Legislators to strive and do their best in this regard.  Kerala is proud of its achieving 100% literacy.   I hope the Legislators of this Assembly will take up 100 days of sittings as a similar challenge  and strive to  achieve this goal.

    Friends, being a representative of the people is a matter of privilege and a great honour. This privilege however carries with it great responsibility.  Elected representatives have many roles to play and there are competing demands – from one’s Party, from the Assembly and from the constituency.  The job of a legislator is a 24/7 responsibility. They have to be sensitive and responsive to the problems and concerns of the people, give voice to their grievances, hardships and problems by raising them on the floor of the Legislature and act as the link between the people and the Government.

    The Constitution of India places the Legislative Assembly at the centre of governance in a State and conceives of it as the primary instrument of socio-economic change. The primary responsibility of State Legislature is to enact laws required for good governance and administration of the State. List-2 of the Seventh Schedule of our Constitution lists 66 items for State administration and legislation.
   
    There is need for utmost caution in matters of legislation, money and finance. Elected representatives have exclusive control over money and finance. No expenditure can be incurred by the Executive without approval of Legislature, no tax can be levied except by a law passed by the Legislature and no money can be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund of the State without the approval of the Legislature. With the heightened complexity of administration and legislation, Legislators must ensure adequate discussion and scrutiny before passing of legislation. It is sad that across the country, time devoted by legislators towards legislation has been gradually declining.

    The Legislative Assembly is also the master of the Executive in the sense that the Chief Minister along with his Council of Ministers is accountable collectively and severally to the Legislative Assembly. The Executive can be unseated at any time by passing a resolution of No Confidence in the State Legislative Assembly by a simple majority. Moreover, most of the instruments of governance are executed through appropriate laws passed by Legislatures. The Executive’s dependence on Legislature is total and it is essential that legislatures are responsible and responsive to this huge task entrusted on it by the Constitution to keep the wheels of our democratic functioning moving smoothly.

    Parliamentary practices, procedures and conventions are all meant to provide for orderly and expeditious transaction of business.  The imperative of maintaining discipline and decorum in the House and the observance of rules, conventions and etiquette can hardly be over-emphasised.  Dissent is a recognized democratic expression, but it should be expressed with decency and within the contours and parameters of parliamentary devices. The cardinal principle of effective functioning of Parliamentary system is that majority will rule and minority will oppose, expose and if possible, depose. But this should be done within the framework of rules framed by Legislatures themselves. The minority has to accept the decisions of the majority while the majority has to respect the views of the minority. Disruption should never be allowed to be used as an effective Parliamentary intervention. It should be the endeavour of every legislator to ensure that the content and the quality of debates that take place in the chambers are of a high order befitting their status as people’s representatives. As members of different political Parties, individual Legislators would be guided by their respective Party`s manifesto and policies. However, there are a large number of issues of development and public welfare, which transcend all political barriers. The entire Assembly must work jointly for the benefit of the people, the State and the country.

    Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, in one of his renowned expositions in the Lok Sabha, once observed:

“Parliamentary democracy demands many virtues.  It demands a certain devotion to work.  But it demands also a large measure of cooperation, of self-discipline, of self-restraint.  It is obvious that a House like this cannot perform any functions without a spirit of cooperation, without a large measure of restraint and self-discipline in each group”.

    There may be issues that agitate the minds of the members and naturally they want to bring these to the notice of the House.  Sometimes, you may feel frustrated about the lack of opportunities for participating effectively in the proceedings. But remember that even to avail that limited opportunity the House has to function.
   
    It does not behove a people’s representative to indulge in unruly behaviour or to use unparliamentary language on the floor of the House.  Frequent adjournments of the House and unruly behaviour by members create a negative impression in the minds of the people, particularly with proceedings now being telecast live.   Such incidents can only accentuate the feeling of cynicism among the citizens, particularly among the youth about the viability of our system of governance itself. We must bear in mind that the most important element that goes into the sustenance of the system is the people’s faith in the effectiveness of the system and its ability to address their hopes and concerns.

    There is need for collective thinking by political parties and leaders of our country on how to ensure smooth running of our Parliament and Legislative Assemblies and whether some of the existing rules need to be amended for the purpose. We should also examine whether our Committees can consider post-approval scrutiny of budgetary allocations made to various Ministries.

    Friends, what we need for the successful working of Parliamentary democracy is more and more legislators with skill, ability, wisdom and a high degree of integrity.  We need to be ever vigilant about the rising expectations of the people. Welfare of the people, who are our real masters, should be the ultimate and common goal.

    As Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said Kerala is a shining example of the use of public action leading to equitable distribution of social and human development and a high quality of life, despite relatively low industrialization.

    Kerala has been a pioneer and a path-breaker in many fields.  Near universal  literacy  and enrolment in schools has been achieved. Fertility rate of its people has declined below replacement level.  The overall sex ratio is in favour of women and women enjoy higher life expectancy than men. Infant and maternal morality is low.  Kerala’s economic growth rate is higher than the national average. Tourism as well as information technology have been a particular success in recent times.  Kerala has the highest per-capita readership of newspapers and periodicals.  It is home to rich and vibrant literary, theatrical and cinematical culture as well as enterprising and socially conscious people.

    These remarkable achievements have been made possible, among other things because of the inspiring leadership provided by this State Legislature and your illustrious predecessors.  There is however no time for complacency.  Kerala continues to confront a number of challenges.  Political violence has been a major topic of debate recently. There is a need to restore faith in the process of democratic and peaceful political participation.  Industrialization and creation of jobs needs to gather speed.  The remittance revenue from non-resident Keralites have to be channelized into long term development activities and building of infrastructure. Problems of developed economies like life style diseases, mental illness, depression, suicides, divorces etc are on the rise.  With an aging population, care of the elderly is a major concern.  Rapid urbanization in this densely populated state has resulted in growing conflicts of various kinds including on the critical issue of waste management and disposal.

    In the past, Kerala has led the country through progressive legislation, social welfare measures and impressive achievements in the field of education and health. The time has now come for the State to also show leadership in addressing these second generation challenges by finding innovative solutions and new methods of mobilizing society for collective welfare. The time has come for a ‘Kerala Model – Version 2’ to be developed and elected representatives of the State have to take leadership in this regard.

    I am sure all of you are fully conscious of your responsibilities and will strive ceaselessly to honour your solemn commitment to the people of Kerala. Permit me to conclude remembering the words of Gurudev Tagore at the inauguration of the Mahajati Sadan or ‘House of the Nation’ on August 19, 1939 in the presence of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Speaking of my home state Bengal, Tagore said “Let Bengal’s arm lend strength to India’s arm, let Bengal’s message make India’s message come true”.

    Let me echo his words today and say “Let Kerala’s actions lend strength to India and let Kerala’s message of pluralism, tolerance, progressive thinking and equitable, inclusive development become the message of India”.

    Thank you,

                                   Jai  Hind.

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CM's Speech in Assembly during the President's Visit 2012 PDF Print Email

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Assembly should convene at least 100 days a year: President PDF Print Email

asemblyThiruvananthapuram 30-10-2012: It should be ensured that the Assembly is convened at least 100 days a year, said the president. He was speaking at the 125th anniversary function of the assembly here today.  

The president said that Kerala is a model for many laws enacted such as education, social security, prevention of corruption etc.  Kerala is a model for decentralization of power. Subject committee of Assembly is a contribution of Kerala. Such committees were formed in Parliament. Kerala assembly has convened 3000 days which puts the state ahead when compared with other states, said the President. Now the aim should be in convening the assembly for 100 days a year which is necessary for the welfare of the state.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Opposition leader V S Achuthananadan, Speaker G Karthikeyan, Governor H R Bharadwaj were also present.

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Role of Library Council beyond comparison: President PDF Print Email

gyan_vigyaan_yatraThiruvananthapuram 30-10-2012: The role of Kerala State Library Council under the leadership of PN Panicker in converting Kerala to a totally literate state is beyond comparison, said the President. He was speaking after flagging off the Jan Vigyan Vikas Yatra here today.

The whole state is indebted to Panicker, whose efforts helped the Library Council grow, now having a network of more than 6000 libraries across the state the slogan being  Read and Grow.

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Adopt modern means to enrich Malayalam Language: President PDF Print Email

malayala_mahotThiruvananthapuram 30-10-2012: The Malayalam language should be enriched by adopting most modern means and practices especially for the future generation, said the President. He was speaking after inaugurating the Viswamalayala Mahotsavam here today.

A language, however much it may be enriched with traditional values and heritage, would lose its relevance and popularity if it did not evolve," he said, emphasising the need for using modern means to preserve them.

Through Malayalam language has an envious history and unique identity of over 2300 years, efforts should be mooted to popularize Malayalam language and literature, said the president and added that the Malayalam University is one such strong step towards that goal.  

Despite its unique identity, Kerala had simultaneously remained "open, tolerant and hospitable to new elements and influences."This was in tune with Indian civilisation's unique trait of unity in diversity. "The canvas of Indian culture is a vast and unique kaleidoscope. It is enriched by the heritage and cultural traditions of its constituent societies.

Governor H R Bhardwaj, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Union Ministers Shashi Tharoor and K C Venugopal and  Minister K C Joseph were present on the occasion.

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Integrated coastal zone management PDF Print Email

Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh announced that Kerala would be included in the second phase of the integrated coastal zone management (CZM) project.

Kerala would be included in the second phase, which was expected to begin in September 2012. The project would include pollution control, mangrove and wetland preservation, and provision of livelihood options for fishermen and their families. A detailed report for the project costing Rs.500 crore would be prepared by the Centre for Earth Science Studies.

The environmental impact assessment of the Vizhinjam international transshipment project would take one year. The Ministry had given approval for the terms of reference for the assessment.

The government would implement a Rs.90-crore project for restoration and regeneration of the Vembanad ecosystem. The project, based on a master plan, would have components for desilting and sewage treatment. The Ministry was allocating Rs.10 crore for the work.

Clearance for the Pooyamkutty hydroelectric project could be considered by the Ministry only after the State Forest Department cleared the diversion of 1,420 hectares of forest for that. 

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Ashraya project PDF Print Email

Ashraya is the first integrated community based initiative for addressing issues affecting the poorest of the poor who generally are not covered by any of the designated poverty alleviation programmes and who live in the margins of economy and society and polity. An estimated 2 per cent of the population is reckoned to be under this category.

The programme was implemented in all grama panchayats and municipalities.

The main objectives of Ashraya are:
1. Providing residential rehabilitation to Mentally & Physically challenged girl children stricken with Poilo, Cerebral Palsy or Mental Retardation, and to develop them to a level of independence by which they could lead a life comparable to that of a normal child.
2. To take over the responsibilities of a challenged girl child by which the unfortunate mother would be free from the burden and enable her to go out and earn a living for the family.
3. Provide employment to physically handicapped female graduates and post-graduates as teachers. Ashraya by policy, provides employment only to handicapped female graduates as teachers.

Ashraya employs a mix of formal and creative-informal teaching/training methods designed for their over all development with special emphasis on behavior modification and imparting training to be self reliant and independent. Physically challenged children are imparted regular teaching. Physiotherapy and aerobic exercises, clay modeling and needle work for developing gross and fine motor control are part of the training. In addition, Ashraya provides the mentally challenged children, a unique approach utilizing sound vibrations arising out of group chanting of ancient vedic hymns and regular recitation of Indian classical music. Ashraya daughters have responded very well to the training and measurable progress is observed.

As an incentive to the Local Governments to take up Ashraya, Government have committed to provide 40% of the project cost subject to a maximum of Rs.15 lakh as special grant.

Ashraya is probably the first project in the country to target the excluded poor. It has now attained the status of a national best practice in social security and has reached the stage of replicability. Thus, Ashraya is a pioneer having developed a model, which can be adapted by rest of the country in recognition of its exceptional merit, it was conferred the Prime Minister’s Award for Best Practices in Public Administration in 2008. Read more...

Teacher's Package PDF Print Email

The Government has approved a comprehensive general education reform package to resolve issues and problems of teachers in government and government aided-schools in the state.

Under the package, over which government would incur an expenditure of Rs 264 crore, problems of 10,000 teachers who had not been receiving salaries for the past few years, either due to fall in number of students in schools or unrecognized appointments, would be settled.

Teacher student ratio has been made 1:30 for classes 1 to 4 and 1:35 for classes 5 to 10. Headmasters of aided school will be self drawing officers from now. 10,000 teachers got salary and permanency for many.

Government will from this academic year recognize appointment of 2,920 teachers who were working without salaries in aided schools. They will get their salaries from the date of joining service.
Similarly, more than 4,500 teachers who lost jobs due to fall in number of students would be reinstated.

The package would be implemented by merging the same with Central government schemes.

The new package would also ensure that  private aided- school managements does not make appointments or create new posts in their schools without prior government sanction.

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Aid for endosulfan victims PDF Print Email

The UDF Government had increased the aid from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh As many as 178 victims who had been given Rs 50,000 earlier were given an additional Rs 50,000. The remaining families in the list of 486 victims were distributed Rs 1 lakh each.

Educational Aid to Endosulfan Victims

CM  disbursed financial aid to children suffering from diseases suspected to be caused by the pesticide endosulfan.

The new scheme intends to provide educational assistance to children of families affected by endosulfan. Assistance to 1,808 ailing students from Class I to Class XII were given at the function.  Students from Class I to VII would be given Rs.1,000, those from Class VIII to X would get Rs.2,000, and those doing Plus One and Plus Two courses would be paid Rs.2,500.

The recipients of this scheme should be studying in any government schools. The list passed by the district Collector prepared on the basis of a survey conducted by the Health department should contain the name of any member of the family. The children admitted to class 1 would also be entitled to get the financial assistance.

The scheme is implemented by the Kerala Social Security Mission. 

Central assistance of Rs.375 crore was sought for disbursing compensation to the victims of endosulfan. The government has plans to build a super specialty hospital for them in Kasaragod district.

The National Human Rights Commission has recommended several measures for helping endosulfan victims and the state accepted those proposals. Treatment for patients through Ayurveda and Panchakarma will be included in the medical facilities. An artificial limb manufacturing factory, with modern technology would be established in the district. Motorized tri scooters would be distributed for the disabled persons in the district.

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has decided to sanction nearly Rs.100 crore to implement a special package for upgrading infrastructure in 11 endosulfan-hit panchayats in the district.

“The NABARD assistance of Rs.99.63 crore from its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) constitutes 85 per cent of the approved projects at Rs.117.21 crore and the State will have to mobilise the remaining Rs.17.58 crore, which should be disbursed on or before February 19.

NABARD's approval for the package, first phase of implementing development schemes in the affected localities, was on the basis of the projects submitted to NABARD.

The projects were drawn up as per a master and the funds would be used for improving social infrastructure such as upgrading hospitals, setting up buds school, palliative care centres, and drinking water projects.

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Rehabilitation of Moolampilly Victims PDF Print Email

The ‘Moolampilly evictees’ rehabilitation problem, which the great Bengali poetess Maheshweta Devi termed as Kerala’s Singur, is being resolved by the UDF government.

The evictees at Moolampilly for the Vallarpadam Transship Container Terminal Project in Kochi entered into an agreement with the Government settling all outstanding issues regarding the rehabilitation package in a conference convened by the CM on 6th June 2011.

The government would provide water supply, electricity and road connectivity to a common point in each of the plots earmarked for resettlement of the evictees. The area would be demarcated in such a way that coastal zone regulations would not come in the way of constructing two-storeyed buildings with sufficient built up area. A sum of Rs. 75,000 would be given to each family for piling as the land given was marshy.

The government would continue to provide rent at Rs. 5000 a month to the evictee’s upto six months after the establishment of the infrastructure facilities promised by the government. The arrears in rent would also be paid. Twelve families who had been denied allotment of land under the rehabilitation package would be given titles and other benefits upon their forfeiting compensation paid under the Land Acquisition Act and withdrawal of cases filed by them against the government.

State government would take up with the Cochin Port Trust the issue of providing jobs to a member of each of the evicted families at the Vallarpadam project.

Cases to be withdrawn

The government would withdraw all cases against the evictees and those who assisted them in their agitation excluding those involving violence and destruction of property. The Revenue Department would write to the Centre seeking exemption of compensation paid to the evictees from income tax on capital gains. Conditions on titles given under the rehabilitation package would be relaxed to enable the evictees pledge the land to banks for availing loans.

It was also decided at the conference that 12 families who had been denied allotment of land under the rehabilitation package would be given titles. They would be given all the benefits under the package upon their forfeiting compensation paid under the Land Acquisition Act and withdrawal of cases filed by them against the government. Two of the evictees, Joy John and John Joseph, who lost their livelihood, would be given assistance to start a trade.

A monitoring committee under the District Collector would oversee implementation of the agreement and bring issues, if any, to the notice of the government.

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A rousing reception for President PDF Print Email

presiThiruvananthapuram 29-10-2012: A rousing reception was accorded to President Pranab Mukherjee who arrived here on a two-day visit to the state.

Kerala Governor H R Bhardwaj Speaker G Karthikeyan, Union Minister of state for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor, Mayor K Chandrika, State Ministers, MLAs. and others received the President at the airport where the special air force aircraft landed as per schedule. Chief Minister Oommen Chanday, who was in New Delhi on an official visit, accompanied the President in his first visit to the state after assuming office. The Kerala Governor would host a special reception and dinner for the President tonight.

The Chief Minister, Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan, Ministers and other top officials were present. Tomorrow, he would inaugurate the Vishwa Malayala Mahotsavam at Kerala University Senate Hall at 10:30 am here. Later, he would flag off the Janavijnan Vikas Yatra from the Raj Bhavan. He would also inaugurate the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Kerala Legislative Assembly and address the Assembly from 4 pm to 05:30pm.

After, this he would attend the golden jubilee celebration of the Loyola College of Social Sciences at Sreekaryam here. Later, he would leave the city in a special Indian Air Force Flight at 07:40pm. As many as 2,000 police personnel, including members of the Bomb Detection Squad and Commandos have been deployed in the city as part of the visit of the President. 

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Kochi- Coimbatore Industrial Corridor PDF Print Email

Detailed project report for the Kochi- Coimbatore Industrial Corridor has been prepared. This corridor would be developed at different centers within 50 km radius form National highway. Investment worth Rs 50,000 croes from private sector and Rs 15,000 from the Centre is expected for the project.

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Rs 600 crore Electronic Park at Ambalur PDF Print Email

Giving hopes to the youth in the state in creating job opportunities, Electronic Park would come up  at Ambaloor in Ernakulam district. The park would come up in 300 acres. Steps to acquire land have been started. Ernakulam district Collector has been instructed to complete the land acquisition activities on a single window clearance mode. The project is worth Rs 600 crore.

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Mono Rail at Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram PDF Print Email

Monorail Trivandrum and Kozhikode

Kozhikode will become the first city in the state to introduce a state-of-the-art monorail system with the cabinet, approving the detailed project report (DPR) of Rs 1,771 crore project submitted by the Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC).

The cabinet has also decided to form a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to implement the proposed Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram monorail projects and all the other future monorail projects in the state. A monorail corporation will be formed with CM as the chairman to implement these projects.

The monorail at Kozhikode would cover 14.5km from Medical College to Meenchanda in the first phase. The route would have 15 stations. 50% of the cost will be covered by Centre and state, and the rest through loan.

The first phase will be ready by September 2015. The second phase is from Meenchanda to Ramanattukara and the third phase would cover Ramanattukara to Airport.

The first phase of the monorail project for Thiruvananthapuram city will become operational by January 2016. Work on the project will begin next year.It has been decided to give administrative sanction for the first stage of Monorail Project in Trivandrum.

Work on Phase II will begin in 2015 and will be completed by January 2018. Phase I is 22 km long, linking Pallipuram in the north to Thampanoor in the city. Each km in this phase will cost Rs 125 crore.
 Phase II will cover the distance from Thampanoor to Neyyattinkara in the south. The estimated cost of this phase is Rs 118.7 crore per km. There will be 35 stations in all in the 41.8 km-long project, which will cost a total of Rs 5,099 crore.

For the monorail at Trivandrum, the section of the NH from Kazhakootam to Kesavadasapuram spanning 9.35 kms will be widened to four lane. The width of the road will be 24 meters.

The total expense for land acquisition and road development is expected to be Rs 550 crore. NATPAC has prepared the estimate and outline of the project.
The Cabinet had approved the feasibility report prepared by National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) on February 29. NATPAC had suggested the Design-Build-Own-Operate model for the multi-crore project.

Tender has been invited for the projects.

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International Airport at Kannur PDF Print Email

International Airport at Kannur

It is expected that the Kannur airport would become operational by 2015. The Government would complete all the  works in a time bound manner. The commissioning of Kannur Airport will augur well for the development of the Malabar region. This would be the forst green field airport of the country.

As per the studies conducted, the Kannur Airport on achieving its full growth would emerge as the number one airport in the State of Kerala. The airport would become a value-addition, which would further enhance the tourism potential of the Malabar region. The work in the airport runway would begin this year itself and decisions have been taken to resolve the issues related to land acquisition of the airport.

The Prime Minister has included it in the list of three airport projects for fast-tracking. When completed in 2015 as projected, Kannur will become the fourth international airport in the State. 

The State government will hold 26 per cent of the equity and government-owned institutions, 23 per cent.

Two per cent will be held by other institutions promoted by the government and the remaining 49 per cent open to subscription by private individuals and institutions.

They include qualified institutional investors, individuals, companies, cooperative banks or societies and other legal entities.

A request for proposal has been floated for selecting a project consultant for the greenfield international airport. Cochin International Airport Ltd has been engaged as the consultant for the detailed project report and the main runway.

Cochin International Airport Ltd has submitted the detailed project report to Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) four months ahead of schedule. 

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High Speed Rail corridor PDF Print Email

High Speed Rail Corridor, one of the dream projects of the state will start by April next year. It is expected that the 1.18 lakh core project will be completed by March 2018. The rail project is alone worth Rs 40,000 crores. There will be expense for acquisition of land and for rehabilitation.

The high speed rail would require only a path of 20 metres in width. In populated areas, the rail would be laid through tunnels and at other places over pillars. It would run through bridges over water bodies. Hence, land acquisition would mostly be needed only in places where stations are to come up.

According to feasibility study conducted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, only 256 acres would be required for the first phase of the project between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. The Corporation was now preparing the detailed project report. It was the preliminary survey for this that was under way. The alignment would be finalised only on completion of the survey. Before deciding the alignment, discussions would be held with people’s representatives and others concerned.

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Vizhinjam International Deep-sea Container Terminal PDF Print Email

Vizhinjam International Deep-sea Container Terminal is expected to become operational by 2015.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has released master plan and detailed project report pertaining to the Vizhinjam container terminal and international port. The first stage of the Vizhinjam International Seaport will have berthing facilities not only for big container ships, but for the Indian Navy and the Coastguard, besides a cruise terminal. The first stage would involve the construction of a breakwater stretching a length of 3,030 metres. Two mammoth container ships of 18,000 teu (twenty-foot equivalent units) would be able to anchor at the 800-metre-long berth to be built for transhipment vessels.

The environmental impact assessment report is now before the State Pollution Control Board, which has announced the conduct of a public hearing on June 29.

Within one month from that date, the State will approach the Ministry of Environment and Forests for environmental clearance.

Environmental clearance would be secured. A very exhaustive study covering all seasons of the year, as per terms of reference given, has been done.

A decision on this could be forthcoming from 105 days of submission of application, as per norm.

The master plan had provided for a 500-metre-long berth for the Navy and a 120-metre one for the Coastguard. The berth for cruise vessels would be 300 metres long and it would also receive small cargo vessels.

The project would attract more investor attention once the hurdle of environmental clearance was tackled. The State was continuing its efforts to get the project exemption from the Cabotage rules.

A single entity, consortium led by Welspun Infratech, alone had qualified in the bid for port operator when the project was put up for tender the last time.

It demanded a grant of Rs 479.54 crore over a period of 16 years to set up the port superstructure on which they would have to spend nearly Rs1,000 crore.

This was not acceptable to the government since it was thought it would attract better bids once investor confidence went up after environmental clearance and Cabotage exemption were secured.

The creation of the basic infrastructure of the port, which is the responsibility of the VISL, is estimated to cost Rs 3,040 crore, out of the total project cost (first stage) of Rs 4,010 crore.

The State government has announced a rehabilitation package for those evicted. The families would get compensation at the rate of 150 per cent of the ‘enhanced value' assessed for their land in 2010. They would get five cents of land each free-of-cost for building new houses and Rs.3 lakh each in addition to the full cost of their existing houses, as assessed by the Public Works Department.

Alternative land for those who loose their land and home to build new houses had already been registered in their names. Each of them would be given a price of Rs.2,90,000 for each cent of land acquired from them.

The five-cent plot being given to each of them free-of-cost will also be in a location where each cent of land currently carried an equivalent price. These families were given title deeds of the new plots.

Environmental clearance has been secured for the project. International tender will be called and construction works to start in June next year.

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Master Plan of the Smart City project has been approved by Board of Directors in Dubai on 11-04-2013.

The work of phase 1 on 50 acres of land is scheduled to begin on 1 July 2013. This will have eight buildings spread over 15 lakh sq. ft, of which 9 lakh sq. ft. is earmarked for Information Technology (IT) and the remaining for non-IT purposes.

The Central SEZ Board has approved a single SEZ status to the entire Kochi Smart city land. The already earmarked 136 acres of land as SEZ zone was added to the 114 acre land and a single SEZ status given. The state government has appealed to the centre to give the 246 acres of land a complete SEZ zone.

The hi-tech pavilion is made of glass and steel pipes and the office of the Smart City will function from here till the work of the Smart City headquarters is completed.

The pavilion would house offices of the marketing, administrative and project management teams of Smart City.

The construction of buildings worth 6 lakh sq ft included in the first phase is progressing. Contract has been signed to constrct buildings spanning 30 lakh sq ft.

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Kochi Metro Rail Project PDF Print Email

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the Kochi Metro Rail project on 13-09-2012 .The project would facilitate the city's overall social and economic development.

The Metro would provide this area with a modern mass transport system, not only making it convenient for the residents to commute, but also further facilitating Kochi's overall social and economic development.

The Rs.5,180-crore mega project is expected to be completed in three years. The central government will share about Rs.1,000 crore in the project cost, and the rest of the money will come by way of loans which the state government would avail from funding agencies.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has been entrusted with the construction work of Kochi Metro Rail Corporation. KMRC will be come under the full supervision of E Sreedharan, who will be its chief advisor. He will not hold any position in the newly constituted board of KMRC.

Preparatory work is being carried out before the metro construction. The Ernakulam North overbridge is being pulled down and widened to 4-lane as part of five Metro Rail-associated projects.

The works of Kochi Metro will have equal partnership of the Central as well as the State governments. The Kerala government will seek financial assistance of its share in the project from Japan. Future course of action with regard to the project will be decided by the newly constituted board.

The Kochi Metro Rail Corporation has proposed an elevated route spanning 25.253 km from Aluva to Petta. There will be 22 stations. . At the start the metro would have three coaches which would later be upgraded to six.

The project will have a 15 pc stake each by the Centre and the State. The Japan Investment Cooperation Agency (JICA) would also fund the project.

But the project, with centre and state equity and also the JICA fund would be insufficient. The Urban Development ministry has sought the help of other financial institutions too.

Other developmental works related to Kochi Metro are fast progressing. The State Government had sanctioned Rs 168 crore in the last budget and Rs 119 crores inthis year’s budget respectively. The Central budget has also sanctioned 30 crores for the project.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be in charge of all tenders, contracts and disbursement of money associated with the project. The main task of the State government is to acquire the required area of land for the project, which will be expedited and the project is expected to be over within the next three years. On completion, KMRC will take over from DMRC, which will undertake the project on a turnkey basis.

The construction works are fast progressing. The construction works of North overbridge and bridge in Salim Rajan road has been completed. The project ahs been extended till Thripunithura. French loan of Rs 1600 crore and 1170 crore Canara Bank loan has been made avaliable.

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Significant increase in monthly welfare pension PDF Print Email

Government has increased all the monthly welfare pensions. Those persons in the BPL category in need of dialysis would be given Rs 525 as monthly pension.

Increase in the pension amount is as follows

Inmates of orphanages – From Rs 250 to Rs 525

Cancer, leprosy patients – From Rs 200 to Rs425

Tuberculosis patients – From Rs 50 to Rs 525

Widows- From Rs 400 to Rs 525

Those having 80% or more disability- From Rs 400 to Rs 700

Old age pension – From Rs 400 to Rs 900

Asha workers – From Rs 500 to Rs 600

Honorarium for SC/ST promoters- From Rs 2000 to Rs 4000

Pre- Primary teachers – From Rs 600 to Rs 900

Ayas- From Rs 400 to Rs 600

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Eight Medical College Hospitals to comeup PDF Print Email

After a long gap of 30 years eight new Governemnt Medical Colleges have been alloted. Government has opned the first new MCH at  Mancheri. The others are at Kasargod, Idukki and Konni. 400 medical seats and 2000 beds would be available. Project report for this has been prepared. MCH would also be opened at Palakkad and Kollam. The MCH that is to come up at Hariapd would be in partnership with expatriates. Government has taken up the Cooperative MCH at Kochi. 

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25 kg rice for Rs 1 PDF Print Email

Union Defence Minister A.K.Antony Inaugurated the `Poverty-Free Kerala’ project for providing 25 kg rice at Rs.1 to families below poverty line (BPL) category at Santhigiri Ashram at Pothencode in August 2012. 

The BPL and APL lists will be put up before ration shops so that it will be open to public scrutiny. Ration cards have been issued to 5.72 lakh applicants. This included the 3.13 lakh applications which were pending over the years. A system has been introduced to issue cards within a day. The applicant only has to file an affidavit with the application.

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Free Motorised Three-Wheelers for all physically challenged PDF Print Email

CM on 04-04-2012 distributed motorized tri scooters to the physically disabled persons who were in need of it. This scheme was included in the 2011-12 development fund of district panchayath. Those persons who are having disability up to 40% need only one medical certificate to avail benefits. Out of the 116 beneficiaries 34 of them were given the tri scooters.

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Cochlear Implantation for Children PDF Print Email

Cochlear implantation

Cochlear implantation was one of the points “Development and Care” message of the Government. The Cochlear implantation project aims to make Kerala a state where no children have the disability to hear or speak. The project regarding this has been named ‘Sruthi Thrangam’ conducted by the Department of Social Welfare.

This project was inaugurated on September 12, the day when this Government completed its 100th day in office.

Government provides Rs 5 lakhs each to the children undergoing surgery. All the Medical Colleges and District Hospitals will be equipped with Audio testing devices and Auto Acoustic Emission machine.

Auditory Verbal Therapy after the operation will be given for these children. Parents and teachers will be given special training regarding this.

If children above 3 years of age are sure to overcome the hearing imparity with this operation then the government is sure to consider these cases also. Health department and Social Security Mission will jointly organize projects for this.

The Cochlear implantation facility would be set up in Trivandrum Medical College this year itself. At present Kozhikode Medical College is having this facility. This facility would be extended to other medical colleges next year itself.

Website of Sruthi Tharangam project (http://www.sruthitharangam.in/) intended for registration of such cases was also inaugurated by CM.

Out of the 329 cases registered operation has been done to 43 children till now. Each year 50 operations each will be done in four phases. The second list of 50 children will be published in October, third list in January and the next in March 

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Karunya Benevolent Fund PDF Print Email

Karunya Benevolent Fund provides financial assistance to under-privileged people suffering from acute ailments like Cancer, Haemophilia, Kidney and Heart diseases and for Palliative Care. The amount for the health scheme  is raised through lottery. This welfare measure will be helpful to those who suffer from ailments, the cost of treatment of which are proved to be unbearable to lower and even middle strata of soceity

The income generated through the sale of Karunya Lottery is exclusively devoted for extending financial assistance to the purpose. Karunya Lottery comes out with an attractive structure offering Rs. 1 crore as 1st prize.

Special funds of Rs 10 lakhs would be allotted to all district collectors for disbursement during emergency situations.

The government will give accreditation to 32 private speciality hospitals for treatment of poor patients using grants from the Karunya Benevolent Fund. The treatment would be available for diseases affecting heart, kidney, liver and brain; cancer and palliative care from August 15. Assistance from the Fund is already available for treatment in government hospitals. Besides, two non-speciality government or private hospitals in each taluk would accredited for providing dialysis to kidney patients.

The Fund, which had been raised from returns from the government’s Karunya Lottery, currently had a corpus of Rs. 57 crore. So far, financial assistance of Rs 110 crore disbursed to 10,307 patients through various hospitals.

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

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Youth should be job creators: CM PDF Print Email

tieconKochi 25-10-2012: Youth in Kerala should become job creators from being just job seekers, said CM. He was inaugurating the TiEcon Kerala 2012, at Le Meridien Convention Centre here. Such a change in attitude should be there in the minds of our parents, added CM.

The Government is trying to bring in permanent development and the Government will give nod for environment-related projects very soon, the CM said. After Emerging Kerala meet, Kerala has turned out to be conductive for local entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs should let the world know that such a situation prevails in Kerala. The growth of our state is through entrepreneurs and TiEcon Kerala is the first step towards it, added CM.  

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Kochi Metro: CM writes to Prime Minister, Sheila Dikshit seeking their intervention PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 24-10-2012: CM wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath on Wednesday expressing his concern over deferring of the decision on entrusting the work of Kochi Metro project to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

The CM noted in his letter that the Director Board of Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) Board had failed to take a decision on awarding the work to the DMRC despite five representatives of the State government in the board seeking such a decision.

The CM also wrote to Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit urging her to permit the DMRC to take up the work on Kochi Metro and monorail projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode in view of the decision that the DMRC needed permission of its Director Board to take up projects outside Delhi. He said KMRL had the resources to carry out the work and no human resources would have to be diverted from DMRC for the work. What the State needed was expertise in handling technically complex projects. In his letter the CM said that she should prevail upon the Delhi government representatives in the DMRC to facilitate a decision favouring Kerala.

In his letter to the PM, the CM recalled that the DMRC had expressed willingness to take up the project on a number of times in the past and was already handling preparatory works. The State government had full trust in the capability of DMRC and its Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan to implement the project and get concessional finance for the same. The DMRC need not have any doubt about KMRL since both organically linked at the highest level.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Kochi metro to be completed in three years: CM PDF Print Email

metro_cm_sreeThiruvananthapuram 24-10-2012: CM after his meeting with E Sreedharan said that DMRC will only execute the Kochi Metro Rail Project and added that E Sreedharan will lead the project.

'We are firm that the work would be carried out by DMRC and Sreedharan as its pivot',CM  told reporters after holding talks with E Sreedharan. CM added that the work of Kochi metro will be completed within three years. He also added that the DMRC would be in charge of Monorail projects in Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram as well.


The work on the Kochi Metro was handed over to DMRC even before getting centre's permission. The centre was informed about it. Engineers were also recruited, said the CM and added that  all help in connection with the construction would be given to DMRC and Sreedharan.

CM told reporters he would soon meet Urban Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and would also be writing to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for making DMRC's service available.

He said some problems had cropped due to DMRC's decision to have some restrictions on taking up works outside Delhi. But the DMRC-Kochi metro tie-up was planned much earlier and a project office had already been set up.

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Monday, 22 October 2012

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Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Act to undergo amendments     Thiruvananthapuram: Governor would be recommended to pass the ordinance that would enable to make necessary amendments in Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Act and Madras Hindu Charitable Endowment Act 1951.

The amendments would include the reduction of term of Dewasom Board members, formation of Dewasom Recruitment Board and giving rights for those MLAs who are believers to vote for the election of Dewasom Board Members.

Draft Sports Policy Approved

The Government has accepted the Draft Sports Policy, said CM. Health and Sports for all is the motto of the policy.

Revision of salary of Poly technique staffs

The salary of teaching and non teaching staffs at Government Poly Technique has been hiked. Teachers would get a salary subject to a maximum of  20,000. Demonstrators and workshop instructors would get  14,000 while trade inspectors/ tradesman would ger a slary of  9000 per month.

Other Decisions

The2.88 hectare land of Bulk Cement Terminal at Kollam will be given to M/s Agrimart Consultants International Limited on lease for a period of 30 years. The company will have to pay  2.5 lakhs per hectare each year.

It has been decided to implement the State Mental Health Rules 2012. This has got acceptance from Centre earlier.

Cabinet has approved to give contract of Jadayupara Tourism Development Project to M/s Guru Chandra Builders.

Eleven new posts, including that of a Circle Inspector have been sanctioned for the Anti Piracy Cell.

The production bonus for paddy cultivation has been increased from  350 per hectare to  1000 per hectare.  Pumping subsidy has also been hiked to Rs 750 per hectare. It was fixed at  140 per hectare in Thrissur regions and the actual cost incurred at Kuttanad regions.

35 lakhs has been sanctioned for the Koal development group to meet the temporary expenses of Koal farming in Thrissur district.

Recommendation would be forwarded to Governor to make outgoing Chief Secretary K Jayakumar the first Vice Chancellor of Malayalam University.  

Kochi Metro

The Cabinet has decided to seek an explanation from the former KMRL MD Tom Jose who in a letter on the proposed Kochi Metro Rail project sought clarification from union Urban Development secretary Sudhir Krishna on E. Sreedharan's role in the project.

CM has reiterated the stand of Government to hand over the works of Kochi Metro to DMRC. CM said that even before getting the approval from Center the State Government had taken this stand. After getting the sanction works related to this have been started in consultation with E Sreedharan. The state had clearly intimated the Centre the decision of the state in having Sreedharan and DMRC for the project.

The State Government has a clear policy and the stand of the Government remains the same, said the CM. and added that any steps to sabotage the project would not be tolerated.

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Drought: Revised Memorandum will be submitted-CM PDF Print Email

droughtThiruvananthapuram 19-10-2012: A revised memorandum would be submitted to the Centre for financial assistance, in view of the serious drought situation prevailing in the state, said CM. The memorandum would be submitted within a week, he added. He was speaking at the meeting of the Central team that visited the drought hit regions in the state.

The state had requested a help of Rs 1468.31 crores in the first memorandum submitted to the Central Agricultural Ministry in September.  The financial assistance for the drought hit districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram was sought for distributing drinking water, maintaining health, drinking water distribution projects, taking up repair works, utilizing ground water, loss in the areas of agriculture and animal husbandry.

CM said that the Central Team is convinced of the serious situation in the state due to drought. The team headed by Joint Secretary, Central Agriculture department visited the drought hit regions as two teams and took stock of the situation.

The Central team was also convinced of the loss in electricity sector due to the depleted level of water in dams. The state has recorded the lowest amount of rainfall in the past seven years. If rains remain evasive then, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Palakkad districts would have to be declared drought hit. Under such circumstances, it is expected that the state would get more assistance from the Centre.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Cabinet Decisions 17-10-2012 PDF Print Email

Government to provide 9 subsidized LPG cylinders a year     Government has decided to give 9 subsidized LPG cylinders a year to consumers irrespective of APL - BPL category. The decision has been taken on the basis of the recommendation of the UDF committee that met here today, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions.

The number of cylinders available on subsidized rates will be determined on the basis of the number of cylinders used in the previous year by each household. However, this will be subject to a maximum of 9 cylinders.

Only one connection will be provided for a house based on Central Government decision. As per this norm there would be a commitment of Rs 110-120 crore for the Government.

The number of connection would be based on the electricity connection for each home.

 Malayalam University

The Malayalam University Act has been approved by the Government. Steps would be initiated to make it a law which would come into effect from Nov 1st. The University would start functioning from Nov 1 and it has been named Thunchat  Ezhuthachan Malayalam University.

Cheriyathura Firing incident

The report of Justice K Ramakrishnan Commission that enquired into the Cheriyathura firing incident was discussed in the cabinet. But the Government is not in agreement with some of the findings of the commission. The recommendations of the commission would be studied in detail before implementation.

Security for Padmanabha Swami Temple

Administrative sanction has been given for the first phase of Integrated security measures to be implemented by Keltron at Padmanabha Swami Temple worth Rs 9.8crore.  Keltron has given a proposal worth Rs 23.7 crores for implementing integrated Security System at the temple in three phases.

The Government had already given the affidavit to Supreme Court that the expense of the security would be met by the state itself.

Other decisions

Development Authority would be set up at Kozhikode, Thrissur and Kollam Municipal corporations.

The income limit of freedom fighters to be eligible for pension has been raised from Rs 12,000 to Rs 24,000

Rs 10 crores would be given to Kerala Agricultural University as a separate fund.

Ernakulam Manimalakunnu Government College would be renamed as T M Jacob Memorial College.

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20,000 tonnes of Kopra to be procured soon: CM PDF Print Email

coconut_procurementThiruvananthapuram 17-10-2012: The meeting convened by CM has decided to procure 20,000 tonnes more of Kopra with the help of coconut producer’s societies, their federation and horticorp.

A subsidy of Rs 10 crores would be given for this. The meeting was convened as the farmers are facing problems due to the decrease in price of coconut.

The Kopra should be procured within seven days. Sanction should be given to those groups within three days for procurement of Kopra.  The farmers who bring ripe coconut needs to have the registration certificate form Krishi bhavan. The meeting has also decided to use coconut oil for cooking the mid day meals in 13,000 schools and 29,000 anganawadis.

Steps would be taken to provide two kilograms of coconut oil per month to a ration card holder with a subsidy of Rs 15. Horticorp would procure four tones of coconut daily and would distribute it to Wayand, Idukki, Pathanamthitta and other North Indian states.  1000 tender coconut water parlours would be set up.  100 of them would start functioning soon. Each parlour would get a subsidy of Rs 25,000 each from Coconut Development Board and Government respectively. Decision would be taken on implementing tax for tender coconuts from outside the state.

Steps would be taken to start Bio parks at Kuttyadi and Maradu. New methods would be brought in after consultation. Sops woidl be provided for the production of Palm sugar. More coconut plants would be distributed for production of tender coconut water.

The central Government would be asked to remove the regulations for export of Coconut oil and also to export coconut oil through ports without any regulations.

Ministers K P Mohanan, C N Balakrishnan, KM Mani and other officials also participated.

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Puthupally Election Result (Since 1965)

Year Winner (Party) RunnerUp (Party) Majority
1965 E.M. George (CPM) Thomas Ragan (INC 1835
1967 E.M. George (CPM) P.C.Cheriyan (INC) 5552
1970 Oommen Chandy (INC) E.M. George(CPM) 7288
1977 Oommen Chandy (INC) Cherian.P.C (BLD) 15910
1980 Oommen Chandy (INC-U) Panicker.MR.G. (NDP) 13659
1982 Oommen Chandy (INC-A) Thomas Rajan 15983
1987 Oommen Chandy (INC) Vasavan.V.N. (CPM) 9164
1991 Oommen Chandy (INC) Vasavan.V.N. (CPM) 13811
1996 Oommen Chandy (INC) Reji Zacharia (CPM) 10155
2001 Oommen Chandy (INC) Cherian Philip (CPM – Independent) 12575
2006 Oommen Chandy (INC) Sindhu Joy(CPM) 19863
2011 Oommen Chandy (INC) Sujasusan George(CPM) 33255
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ISRO espionage case: NDTV 17-10-2012 PDF Print Email

ISRO espionage case: Documents reveal no action recommended against investigating officers

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the state government's decision of not taking any action against the investigating officers of the 1994 ISRO espionage case was only a continuation of the previous LDF government's stand.

In 1994, officers from the Kerala police had alleged that ISRO scientist Nambi Narayananan along with a colleague and four others, including two Maldivian women, had transferred certain secret documents on India's space programme to foreign countries. The case was first investigated by state police and later handed over to the CBI, which found no espionage as alleged had taken place. In 1998, the Supreme Court also dismissed the charges.  

The Kerala High Court last month had ordered the government to pay Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to Mr Narayananan for being falsely implicated in the case.

The present government is being criticised for inaction against the investigating officers, who initially probed the case and accused Mr Narayananan and others of espionage. Sources in the Kerala government have told NDTV that neither any court nor Chief Judicial Magistrate has ever asked for any action. The Home Ministry's report during LDF regime, accessed by NDTV, states 'any action taken against the investigating officers will be unjust'. This was approved by the former Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. The matter was later referred by the then Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan to the Advocate General. The Advocate General's report states the investigating team itself recommended handing over of the matter to CBI. This report was later approved by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on June 5 2011.

Confidential document accessed by NDTV states "though there were procedural lapses on the part of the officers, the DGP proposed not to take any further action against the police officers."

Congress MLA Murlidharan in a letter to the Chief Minister earlier had asked why a decision was taken to close the case against the three investigating officers in a hurry. He had alleged his father, former Chief Minister Karunakaran, was a victim and PV Narasimha Rao was the man behind a possible political conspiracy.

The Chief Minister while addressing the media said that the matter is being investigated and the government will not shy away from probing any aspect related to the matter.

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Website URL : 

http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/isro-espionage-case-documents-reveal-no-action-recommended-against-investigating-officers-280667


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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

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One year progress report on Nov 1       The progress report of the Government’s One Year Programme will be presented on Nov 1 2012, said CM. He was briefing the media persons after the cabinet meeting here today.

CM said that good progress has been made during this year and a detailed report would be promulgated on Nov1.

Right to Services Act

Right to Services Act would be implemented in the state from Nov 1 2012. The act was passed earlier by the assembly and a final shape would be given specifying the services to be rendered by each department.

CM has sought the support of all employees for implementing the Act and said that all the staffs would be taken into confidence before implementing it.

A Sub Committee consisting of Ministers KM Mani, P K Kunhalikutty, Aryadan Muhammed and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan would hold discussion with representatives of various organizations on 18th so as to give a final shape to the process.

Discussion would also be held with Secretaries of various departments regarding Right to Services and also on plan expenditure to utilize the funds in a most effective manner.

Kochi Metro

CM has reiterated the stand of the Government that it is firm on its stand of entrusting the implementation of the Kochi Metro Rail project to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The Government wishes DMRC to take up the works of Kozhikode and Trivandrum Mono rail projects too.

Regarding the allegations made by the Opposition leader CM said that was the last LDF Government which opted out of the project. Prabhat Patnaik, the former Planning Board VC termed the whole project to be financially unviable and gave up it up.

But this Government is confident that DMRC could bring in results and that is what is most important.

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State firm to entrust DMRC to implement Kochi Metro PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 15-10-2012: The State would to stick to the Cabinet decision of entrusting the implementation of the Kochi Metro Rail project to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, said CM at a high-level meeting convened here today.

 The meeting has also decided to convey the State government’s decision to the Union Ministry of Urban Affairs on handing over the work to the DMRC, besides putting pressure on the Central Government to relax certain norms imposed by the Central Vigilance Commission with regard to handing over project works to consultants of the same work.

The CM would personally take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Minister for Urban Affairs.

Minister Aryadan Mohammed, KMRL Managing Director Elias George and Finance Secretary V.P. Joy were also part of the meeting.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

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Relaxation on tanker lorry movement to be considered: CM PDF Print Email

tankerThiruvananthapuram 11-10-2012:  A meeting was held to discuss the difficulties faced by tanker lorry operators, due to the restrictions put in place following the tragic accident at Chalai in Kannur District. Held in the presence of Chief Miniser Oommen Chandy, the meeting was attended by Minister for Home, Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Anup Jacob, top officials of oil companies, representatives of tanker lorry owners and officials of the Motor Vehicles Department.

Owners of tanker lorries said that the officials appeared to be behaving as if the restrictions are binding on all kinds of tanker lorry movement. They appealed to the chief minister that a favourable decision may be taken to ease the operational restriction on tanker lorries, to which the chief minister assured all reasonable consideration from the part of the government. The chief minister made it clear that responsibility for taking appropriate decisions on the movement of tanker lorries would be taken by collectors and police chief. At the same time the government would not yield to any demand that would put the life of people in peril, the chief minister said.   

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cabinet Decisions 11-10-2012 PDF Print Email

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Students' Entrepreneurship programme: Launched a path-braking initiative in the form of Students Entrepreneurship programme in Kerala.

Briefing newspersons following the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the programme is intended for equipping students to start business ventures while they continue with their studies. Chief Minister said that the programme would be a trendsetter and a model worth emulating for rest of the country. Encouraging students of both engineering and non-engineering streams to translate their innovative ideas into businesses could significantly contribute to the growth of a new entrepreneurial culture in Kerala. The Government strongly feels that it is imperative for the State to support home-grown companies through specific incentives for student start-up companies for economic growth. Grace marks (maximum of 4%) and attendance relaxation (maximum of 20%) will be provided by universities to student entrepreneurs who are incubated in Technology Business Incubators (TBIs).

"A good majority of the youngsters after their studies in Kerala are heading for places outside India in search of jobs. We need to curb this trend and create situations by which they can confidently start businesses of their own and become job providers rather than job-seekers. By doing so will be able to leverage the potential of our youth for the growth and development of the State," the chief minister said.

As part of the 'Students' Entrepreneurship' programme 1 lakh sq ft of workspace will be provided at the facility coming up at Kinfra Park in Thrikkakara. Of this, 25,000 sq ft would become made available for use on May 26, 2013 and 75,000 sq ft on January 12, 2014. The first batch undergoing business incubation here would come out in 1 to 2 year's time and would walk out as full-fledged entrepreneurs. Only nominal rates would be collected from the occupants on account of electricity, water and maintenance. No building charge will be collected.

It was during the recently concluded 'Emerging Kerala 2012' that the government decided to go in for the 'Students' Entrepreneurship' programme. Students were given the promise that the programme would be launched in one month's time.

Decision on gas cylinders to apartments

 The government would take a final call on the restriction imposed on subsidized gas cylinders to those staying in apartments, after the UDF meeting to be held on October 17.

But, during the interim period, the government has decided to provide gas cylinders on subsidized rates to hostels for scheduled tribes numbering 107 and model residential schools numbering 18 in the State. The Government will provide Rs 75 lakhs for the purpose. Whereas the hostels meant for scheduled castes can manage the situation with funds available with the department.

 

Job woes of Viswakarma Community

 

The Chief Minster Oommen Chandy said that a single-member Commission has been appointed to look into the issues of the Viswakarma community, which is facing problems on the job front, especially the traditional ones. Due to globalization, mechanization and liberal economic policies the members are getting deprived of their traditional jobs, causing lot of agony to the Viswakarma community. Since this was brought to the attention of the government through the community leaders, the single-member Commission headed by V N Sankaran, former head of the economics department, University College and currently working as development economist in Bangaluru would come up with its report, supervised by the Backward Minorities Commission of Kerala.

Sabarimala pilgrim season

 Funds have been allotted in advance to panchayats and municipalities associated with Sabarimala pilgrim season. This was done to avoid complaints in the previous years that the funds did not reach in time, which were meant for undertaking works on basic infrastructure, sanitation, drinking water etc. Funds were given to Erumely grama panchayat (Rs 20 lakhs), Ranni Perunadu, Vadaserikara, Pandalam grama panchayats (Rs 15 lakhs each), Pazhavangadi, Ranni, Angadi and Naraaamuzhi grama panchayats (Rs 5 lakhs each), Kulanada, Konni grama panchayats and Pathanamthita municipality (Rs 10 lakh each) and Chengannur (Rs 11lakhs). Rs 5 lakhs was given for Ida Thavalam at Kadapattur temple in Pala.

Sanction given for drinking water scheme

 The government has sanctioned Rs 150 lakhs for the implementation of drinking water scheme at Karinkunnam village panchayat.

Waste management

 Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that waste disposal in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram is facing problems in the form of resistance from people. He was referring to the latest incident when the move made by government authorities to dump waste in a quarry faced stiff resistance from the local people.     

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

JNNURM Works at Kochi to be expedited: CM PDF Print Email

JnnurmThiruvananthapuram 10-10-2012: CM has given instruction to expedite the works related to the drinking water projects of JNNURM in Kochi Corporation and adjacent places. He was speaking at the review meeting convened here for the same.

The pipe laying works from Piravom to Aarakunnu will be taken up immediately. District Collector has informed that the land acquisition of this area has been completed. Rest of the land would be acquired within this month.

The road cutting cost would be met by the Government. CM would send a letter to the Centre to get the sanction to cut service roads adjacent to NH.

Secretaries of Finance, Water Resources and LSG are entitled to find funds for the project. Kochi Corporation has agreed to give 10% of the cost.

Ministers KM Mani, Manjalamkuzhi Ali, K Babu, PJ Joseph, Kochi Mayor Tonny Chammani were also present.

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CM appeals co-operation for waste disposal     CM has asked for co-operation from all sections for the smooth disposal of wastes from Trivandrum city. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today.

We are facing a very serious situation in the city as far as waste disposal is concerned. Contagious diseases are also on the rise. Government and LSGs have lost its credibility. Government had to face serious criticism from the court too.  But even then this Government took steps on humanitarian grounds. No force was used by the Government, said CM.

The points raised by those opposing the move have been accepted and now the Government is keen to clean up the city without causing inconvenience to anyone. A decision in this regard has been taken. Government is seeking the co-operation of all, said CM.

Wastes will not be brought to the villages nor would it be allowed to pile up. Wastes would be disposed the day it is collected.

CM added that there should be an opportunity for the Government to bring in a successful model for treatment of wastes.  Only when such a model comes up the people would accept it. The works of Brahmapuram and Chala plants are progressing. Government is trying to resolve this serious problem without affecting the people.

Other Decisions

The contract service period of 68 staffs of Milma who became permanent after 1-11-2006 should be added to their total service so as to avail benefits during retirement.

It has been decided to re- establish the 48 posts at Kundara Clay and Ceramics.

Administrative sanction has been given to provide 13.25 crore to construct hostel at NISH, Thiruvananthapuram.

Decision has been taken to provide UGC scale of pay to eligible teachers at Ayurvedic Medical Colleges with effect from 1.1.2006.

The guidelines to pay the simple interest of the educational loans taken by BPL students during 2004-2009 by Government have been accepted.  The interest of the loans taken by students after 2009 would be remitted in the banks by central Government for BPL category.

The Government has given representation to Governor to reduce the imprisonment of persons in relation to the Kerala Piravi Day.

The cabinet would take a final decision on awarding 20% attendance and 4% grace marks to student entrepreneurs after checking the proposals received from designated committee. The time given for them to submit their proposals would end tomorrow.

Government Jobs

Father of Irfan who is undergoing treatment after a school van tragedy will be given Government job. Even after such extensive treatment the condition of Irfan has not become stable. Government has taken up the entire treatment expenses of the child. District Collector has been entrusted with thetask.

Unnikrishnan, brother of Kannan Murali, the Air force personnel from Kumaranalloorwho died while on rescue mission will be inducted into Government service. His father also died in a bomb explosion while serving in BSF. Taking into consideration the fact that both had died for the country, Unnikrishnan would be given a job in Government service.

Son of PP Vijakkrishnan, Sub inspector who died while trying to catch accused on 14-09-2010 would also be given job in government service at the earliest. The Government had earlier promised job for him.

Statement by Minister Ibrahim Kunju

There is nothing wrong in the controversial statement made by the minister Ibrahim Kunju , said CM. Only first part of the speech was taken up by the media. The situation at the time of the speech should have to be taken into account. It was a party meeting. The point was to make the party members more responsible.

Such a statement was made to make them aware that the unfortunate circumstance that arose at the Muslim League party meeting at Kannur and Kozhikide before two months. It should not happen again. It is most unfortunate.

UDF always stands united. All problems will be resolved through discussions. There is no curb to express ones thoughts, nor it would resist it. UDF never shows any authority over its allies. This is the strength of UDF.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012

Police Complaint Authority building inaugurated: CM PDF Print Email

complaint_authorty_cellThiruvananthapuram 09-10-2012: CM inaugurated State Police Complaint Authority building at Tagore Nagar, here today.  

Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Secretary Sajan Peter, DGP KS Balasubramanian, Complaint Authority chairman Justice K P Balachandran and others were present. The Complaint Authority was set up on the basis of the judgment of Supreme Court.

The State authority and District authority would have all the power of a civil court.

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cm_news6Thiruvananthapuram 09-10-2012: Government would soon make law regarding multilevel marketing, said CM in a meeting convened to discuss the same.

There are no curbs to continue multilevel marketing adhering to the present regulations. CM made it clear that no one should be forced to buy things of a prescribed amount nor should they collect joining fee from the people.

The multilevel marketing companies should follow the rules laid down by Industries- commerce department which should be ensured by the department.

Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Planning Board member C P John, Police Chief K S Balasubramniam and others were present.

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Necessary facilities to be provided for disaster management: CM PDF Print Email

distaterThiruvananthapuram 09-10-2012: Necessary facilities will be ensured for disaster management and risk reduction, said CM while inaugurating the International Disaster Management Observance Day here.

Necessary arrangements need to be done for reducing disasters.  Disasters are on the rise at present and are spreading to new areas as well. A lot needs to be done for mitigating the disasters from spreading. CM pointed out that though State Disaster Management Authority and Revenue Department has done commendable works, it should change according to the change in pattern of disaster.

The tanker accident at Chala has revealed that the transportation of gas through road is highly risky affair, said CM and added that new safety features needs to be implemented. Government is working on it. CM added that transportation of gas through waterways is more safer.

Government has given sanction for Fire and Rescue Department to buy modern gadgets to encounter disasters.

Minister Adoor Prakash presided over the function. CM distributed the media awards related to the function.

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PM’s intervention sought on curb for cooking gas to apartments PDF Print Email

cm_news_oct28Thiruvananthapuram 09-10-2012: CM urged the PM to intervene in the decision of the oil companies to regulate the number of cylinders supplied to the flats as six subsidized cylinders every year.  As per this regulation an entire flat would be able to get only 6 cylinders a year.

In his letter to PM and Petroleum Minister CM said that the decision should be revoked.  In an apartment there would be several families and such a decision form the oil companies would bring widespread protest. The restriction should be placed taking into account the number of families residing in the flats, said CM.

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Monday, 08 October 2012

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Saturday, 06 October 2012

State would favourably consider issues concerning ex-servicemen and service personnel:CM PDF Print Email

PRP754Thiruvananthapuram 05-10-2012:  Inaugurating the Civil-Military Liaison Conference, CM said that the State would favourably consider issues concerning ex-servicemen and service personnel.

He added that exemption in age criterion, weightage mark, and reservation for ex-servicemen would be considered in select posts apart from strengthening the functioning of ex-servicemen’s grievance redressal cells.

The Sainik Welfare Board should take up recruitment of kin of war heroes and those incapacitated during action to civilian posts in Defence establishments including the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) said the CM.

The State would ensure land for expansion activities of Army units stationed here, including handing over of 10 acres at Muttathara or Vithura for rehabilitation of ex-servicemen.

There are no hassles in handing over 70.40 acres near the Cochin international airport at Nedumbassery for the Coast Guard Air Enclave. The Army could prepare a consolidated list of land issues it faces, to be discussed in a separate meeting led by the Chief Secretary and the Collectors concerned, the CM said.

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Friday, 05 October 2012

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Thursday, 04 October 2012

All possibilities to be utilized for the growth of Malayalam language: CM PDF Print Email

Tmalayalam_missionhiruvananthapuram 04-10-2012: CM today published the CD of Pookalam, a web journal especially for expatriate children, intended to help them learn Malayalam language. The jornal is published by Malayalam Mission. The CD contains all the editions of the web journal. The CD was received by Minister K C Jospeh at a function held in CM’s conference hall today.

Government is trying to utilize all the resources for the growth of the language. It is with this aim that the CD is being published. The activities of Malayalam Mission would be extended to all the places where there are malayalees, said CM and added that all NRKs should help the mission in its activities.

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Special courts to confiscate wealth acquired through corrupt means PDF Print Email

Copy_of_Whistle_BlowerThiruvananthapuram 04-10-2012: The Committee on Prevention of corruption has recommended Bihar model special courts to confiscate wealth acquired through corrupt means. On the basis of the existing laws, no one’s wealth have been confiscated till now on corruption cases. The committee has pointed out that with the setting up of special courts the trial on cases of corruption can be completed fast.

The committee consisting of former Chief Secretary M Mohan Kumar, former IIM Director Dr Samuel Paul, former Head of RAW Hormis Tharakan, T R Raghu Nandan IAS submitted the report to CM.

Major recommendations are

Prevention and Capitation Fee Act 1984 should be implemented based on Karnataka Model.

Code of conduct should be brought for ministers. A committee consisting of ministers needs to be formed and with the help of officials they should given shape to code of conduct. Mechanism should be brought in to check whether there are any violations of the same. Code of conduct for ministers are implemented in Britain, Australia, Canada and several other countries.

Timely change should be brought in the code of conduct of Government staffs.  The code of conduct should be revamped giving stress on values.

Vigilance Department should have a full time Secretary. At present Secretary for Home is given the additional charge of Vigilance. Cases should be disposed within one year. Two Additional special Judges needs to be appointed.

Whistle Blower system should be introduced. The petitions received, related to Government departments should be handled by Secretary for Vigilance and regarding LSGs should be handled by ombudsman.

Lokayukta should enquire into petitions received against Ministers, MLAs, Govt. Secretaries and other high level officials.

As more than 2000 petitions are received related to LSGs one more ombudsman should be posted and a pleader to help him.

E-District programme implemented in Palakkad and Kannur should be extended to all districts. Ration cards, certificates, license, vehicle registration should be computerized. Web based file tracking system should be introduced in Secretariat and other Govt. offices.

Adalaths should be conducted once in 6 months by district Collectors to resolve issues.

Awareness should be created among students regarding corruption and the same should be included in academics.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2012

Toddy ban impractical: CM PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 03-10-2012: CM today said that Government does not want to ban toddy in the state as it is impractical. There are social factors like livelihood of the people who are engaged in this. But Government has great respect for Court and its directions.

Assistance for Cochlear Implantation for deaf and dump is one of the priorities of Government. So far 34 operations have been done and the remaining will be operated without delay, said CM. Government is determined to go ahead with this programme.

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CM also said that the Government is seriously considering providing three subsidized gas cylinders to all categories. A decision will be taken on the same in the special cabinet on 9th of this month.

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Government to bear interest on educational loans      The Government has decided to bear the interest of educational loans taken by the BPL category students during the time of study from 2004-2009, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today. Central Government is now providing waiver to students who have taken loans after 2009.

Instruction has been given to the lead banks not to levy penal interest. Simple interest and base interest of the loans during the study period would be given by the State Government.

A committee consisting of representatives of lead banks and Secretaries of higher Education, Finance, LSG, and Cooperation would be formed to expedite the process.  No recovery activities or any such processes should be initiated by the banks till a consensus has been reached.

CM added that while considering the BPL category the State Government category should be considered and not that of the Centre. Instead of paying directly to the benifiicaries, the government would remit the required amount in the banks as and when final shape is given to the whole process.

Regarding Future Loans

The present stand taken by the banks in not providing educational loans for students who opt to go out of the state for studies is not acceptable .Government’s clear stand is  that loans are provided irrespective of the place opted for pursuing studies.

Waiver for building tax

Permissive sanction has been given to respective LSGs to give waiver for building tax up to 10% to those houses that set up biogas plants or compost pipes.  Government is giving maximum encouragement to promote decentralized waste management systems.

Sewerage Treatment plants in 10 Panchayaths

 In the wake of reports of cholera in certain regions Sewerage treatment plants would be set up in 10 PHC’s by Suchitwa Mission. The Fund for the same would be provided by Suchitwa Mission.

Paddy Procurement

The Finance Department would release 50 crore today itself for the procurement of paddy. The aim of the Government is to provide maximum benefit to cultivators. Coupons will be provided to withdraw money from Cooperative banks.  

Other Decisions

Administrative sanction has been given for the works of Ponnani – Vengalam coastal highway worth 117.62 crores.

Administrative sanction has been accorded for acquiring land at Pala for Techno City.

3 lakhs each would be given as solatium for the families of those dead in the Aroor railway cross accident. Government would request the Centre to post gate keepers at all unmanned level crosses. The railway should reconsider its stand that no compensation will be provided for the accidents in the unguarded gate.

 10 lakhs would be given for Nambi Narayanan, the scientist at ISRO as per the direction of the court immediately.

A Cabinet sub committee consisting of Ministers for Finance, Home, Revenue, Panchayath and Excise would discuss matters pertaining to the dispute between Orthodox and Jacobite sections.

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Monday, 01 October 2012

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Saturday, 29 September 2012

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Friday, 28 September 2012

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Thiruvananthapuram 28-09-2012: Kerala’s stand regarding the directions that are under the consideration of Supreme Court would be conveyed on Monday, said CM. Advocate General has been entrusted to submit affidavit in this regard after consultation with the persons concerned.

Supreme Court is aware of all things related to Sabarimala. The Master Plan for development of Sabarimala for the next 50 years has been prepared as per the direction of Supreme Court.  It was with the sanction of SC that 12.67 hectors of forest land from tiger reserve was handed over by Centre for carrying out developmental activities. CM said that the SC could be convinced of the reasons for not regulating the pilgrims to Sabarimala.

In 2003 Public Accounts Committee headed by Bhuta Singh visited Sabarimala and criticized the Centre and State Governments for not providing basic facilities to pilgrims. The committee had also instructed to take necessary steps.  In 2004 the UDF Government submitted memorandum to PM for releasing forest land for developmental activities. The Environment Ministry had asked to prepare a Master Plan which was accepted by the Environment Ministry, Empowered Committee and National Wildlife Board. As a result with the sanction of Sc 12.67 hectors of land was handed over for developmental activities. This was one of the major achievements of the previous UDF ministry, pointed out the CM.

The temple at Sabarimala is centuries old. Pilgrimage to this temple had started years before this area was declared a tiger reserve. Sabarimala is in the buffer zone and not in the core area of the tiger reserve. The pilgrimage would in no way interfere with the habitat of tigers.

UDF Government is committed for developing Sabarimala. A total of  40 crore was spent for the Master Plan. 5 crore has been sanctioned for Zero Waste Project a t Sabarimala. Queue complex and parking grounds were also constructed. New Aravana plant and drinking water pipe lines are being constructed. Roads leading to Sabarimala are under heavy maintenance which would cost about 67 crores.

The directions of Justice Hariharan Nair commission that enquired into the Pullumedu tragedy are being implemented. Security manual has also been prepared.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

CM Speech on Travelmart - 27-09-2012 PDF Print Email

 A very warm welcome to all of you attending the Kerala Travel Mart, the biennial event that showcases Kerala - the God's Own Country. It would have been a great occasion for me to personally attend the event, but for my health condition that prevents me from doing so.

 As we all know Kerala is Asia's new-age destination and India's tourism super-brand.  Kerala achieved this stature and saga with a whole lot of initiatives including Kerala Travel Mart.  KTM is the only tourism event in the sub-continent and the largest gathering that brings together the members of the travel and tourism fraternity under one roof. 

I understand that over 2000 delegates are participating in this year's event.

Blessed with breathtaking natural splendours in the form of enchanting backwaters, 44 rivers, beaches, hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries and forests, Kerala is one of the fast growing, vibrant tourism destinations in the world. For travellers, Kerala is a captivating mix of fun, leisure, rejuvenation, pilgrimage and adventure.

The tourism sector generates revenue of about 800 million dollars and attracts nearly 200 million dollar worth investments every year, providing livelihood to about 1.2 million people. Tourism industry is the second largest source of foreign exchange after NRK remittances. 

In spite of economic climb down in many parts of the world, Kerala witnessed an increase of 11.8 percent in foreign tourist arrivals in 2011.

State Government is very much committed when it comes to tourism promotion by developing infrastructure and also new tourism products and services. We have increased the total allocation for tourism by 70 percent in the last budget.

In Kerala, tourism development has been a thumbing success of Public-Private-Participation and we are very much committed to it. We have also added another 'P' and that is peoples' participation. Kerala tourism is noted for responsible tourism, which should benefit the local communities along with stakeholders at destinations where tourism related activities take place.

 We have also added environment protection as our number one priority in tourism. Environment is our treasure, our culture and our investment. It sustains and nourishes us today and in the future. And we are bound to preserve it at any cost.

In the recently concluded event - Emerging Kerala 2012, tourism projects received maximum response from investors. The seaplane project alone drew 58 expressions of interest. It shows that Kerala Tourism is a much sought after destination at the global level.  I would like to give a warm welcome to all those who have an interest on Kerala and would like to give a firm assurance that you will not be disappointed with your association with Kerala.

The Kerala Travel Mart coincides with World Tourism Day.  I welcome everyone to experience the many facets of Kerala and I am sure that your presence here will mark the beginning of a long association with God's Own Country.



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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

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Thiruvananthapuram 26-09-2012: For procurement of Kopra the Co-operative societies would be given an incentive of  Rs 500 for a quintal. Co-operative societies should also come forward for the effective procurement of Kopra, said CM.

NAFED now procures Kopra at the rate of INR 5100. The Central Government would be requested to increase the amount.

Aided M Tech courses would be offered in Palakkad NSS College, Kothamangalam Mar Athanasius College and Kollam TKM Engineering College.

 

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Five seminars to boost Emerging Kerala:     As a major follow up measure of the Emerging Kerala Investors Meet 2012, it has been decided that the Industries Department would conduct five seminars, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today.

Seminar on Electronics & Hardware will be conducted in Nov2012, while seminar on Food and Agro Processing would be held in Dec 12. Seminar on Life Sciences and Petrochemical Summit are scheduled in Jan and Feb 2013 respectively. The fifth seminar is on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and its date has not been fixed.

 All the major representatives who participated in the Emerging Kerala meet and those interested in the subject would be invited to attend for the seminars.

Instruction has also been given for all departments to conduct functions in a similar manner. Detailed discussions would be conducted with countries that are interested to invest in projects coming up.

Three agencies set up to track Emerging Kerala follow-up

The Government has decided to set up three separate agencies to deal with work-in-progress of Emerging Kerala Meet. The Chief Minister will head the new Investment Promotion Council while the Chief Secretary will steer the Investment Clearance Board. The boards would see that no clearance has been by passed and would ensure that clearance for the projects in a time bound manner.

An Investment Promotion Board will also be set up which would have persons who are successful in the field of investment and those who can contribute to the project as members.

Land for Centre of Excellence

50 cents of land of Kerala Institute of Entrepreneurship Development at Kalamassery would be given to set up Centre of Excellence for Innovation, Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as was promised by Adi Godrej,the president of CII during the emerging Kerala Meet.

Electricity from solar power

The Korean Company Tanjong Energy Pvt. Ltd has agreed to invest in the project that produces 300MW electricity using solar power.  They had carried out discussion with Electricity Minister and Electricity Board regarding the project and have set the time frame as three months for producing 30MW of power. Price will be either 3.25 or as fixed by the regulatory commission whichever is less.  Agreement on this regard would be signed at the earliest.

Sree Narayana Guru's philosophy in education

As per the recommendation of the experts committee headed by M K Sanu, it has been decided that the teachings and philosophy of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru would be introduced  in the school curriculum from next academic year onwards. The lessons will be included in Malayalam and Social Science in all the classes except fourth and sixth standards.

CM said that Guru revolted against casteism and worked on propagating social equality coupled with spirituality that had a profound influence in the society.

 Justice M Hariharan report accepted

The government has approved the report of justice M Hariharan who enquired into the Pullumedu tragedy at Sabarimala on 15 January 2011.

Other Decisions

Sanction has been accorded to revise the Salary of SLR staffs of PWD and Irrigation.

9 new posts have been sanctioned at Murikkassery Sub treasury at Iduukki.

35 Government UP schools would be upgraded implementing Rastriya Madhyama Siksha Abiyan Project recognized by Government.  (List Attached)

 12 crore 15 lakhs have been sanctioned to repair three roads leading to National Institute of Visual Science and Arts, a major institution at Kottyam.

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Thiruvananthapuram 25-09-2012: CM today said that there was no cause for concern over the proposal for high speed rail corridor in the State since the project would be implemented only after discussions with all concerned.

Some quarters were making deliberate propaganda against the project with a view to raise public protests and to disturb peace. The high speed rail would require only a path of 20 metres in width. The propaganda that 110 metres would be acquired was baseless. In populated areas, the rail would be laid through tunnels and at other places over pillars. It would run through bridges over water bodies. Hence, land acquisition would mostly be needed only in places where stations are to come up.

According to feasibility study conducted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, only 256 acres would be required for the first phase of the project between Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam. The Corporation was now preparing the detailed project report. It was the preliminary survey for this that was under way. The alignment would be finalised only on completion of the survey. Before deciding the alignment, discussions would be held with people’s representatives and others concerned. All genuine complaints, it is hoped, could be redressed during these discussions.

The CM added that the government would not go ahead with any project that is not welcomed by the people.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

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bruceThiruvananthapuram 24-09-2012: Renowned cartoonist Bruce Petty today visited CM who is on rest at Cliff house on health grounds. He handed over a caricature of the CM flying the “airplane of development” and also presented his collection of cartoons Parallel World to the CM.

Ministers K C Jospeh, Manjalamkuzhi Ali, Anoop Jacob, MLAs P C Vishnunath, M A Vahid and others were present.



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Monday, 24 September 2012

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

THE UNDERAGE OPTIMIST No trick, FDI is a treat CHETAN BHAGAT PDF Print Email

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Battered by the coal scam, the government has pushed through some long-overdue reforms in the last fortnight. These include allowing higher FDI equity in multi-brand retail and aviation. FDI creates extreme reactions in the country, and it might as well stand for ‘Forever Debating Indians’. 
    Two kinds of polarized reactions emerged, both overdone. The first group had gushing praise. Newspaper headlines screamed on how the PM now meant business, and everything is going to be just fine on the policy front. Some even said that the PM could not be bogged down by those whining about the coal scam, thus implying now that he had finally done his job, it absolves him of the charge of mismanaging the country’s natural resources. So low are our expectations from our PM, some feel he almost deserves a standing ovation every time he signs a file. 
    Anyhow, it's a good decision, if not monumental or heroic. Having a global mindset is beneficial for the country. We have seen the benefits of the 1991 reforms. The cellphones we carry, TV channels we watch, vehicles we drive, the appliances we use – are all a result of the liberalisation that were initiated two decades ago. Before that, the government felt it was perfectly fine for people to wait years for a landline phone and watch one government-run TV channel. With such a transformation as seen by the middle class, one wonders if there is still need to convince people on the benefits of reforms. 
    For apart from the praise, there was backlash too. The BJP denounced the new policies, presumably to please the trader community that supports it. The Trinamool Congress is screaming hoarse about the anti-people nature of such reforms. Mamata Banerjee is hoping to target the poor who have not benefited much from the reforms. 
    Other naysayers are arguing how this will destroy the kirana shops. These people presume Wal-Mart, with its 51% highly-regulated equity in a Indian venture, will be able to do what Reliance Fresh and Big Bazaar could not. The corporate Indian retail stores have been around for years. And yet, kirana shops flourish across the country. When asked how exactly could Wal-Mart do what Indian chains could not, the naysayers have no answer. When asked why Indians don’t deserve the best value and retail shopping experience, they stay silent. 
    China, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines are just a few examples of emerging economies that have allowed multi-brand retail and have had no major upheavals or large-scale unemployment. 
    At one level, this isn’t only about multi-brand retail, which forms just one aspect of the widespread economic reforms required in the country. Are we going to start a polarized debate for every reform? 
    Can we not have some ground rules when looking at reforms? Can the government, the allies and the opposition have just this one area of consensus —the country must bring in economic reforms if we want to create wealth. Can we accept that reforms do ultimately benefit people? 
    The opposition has played a major role in this term to bring out various scams and keep the pressure on the government. However, tooppose everything, and for the sake of obstruction and not much else is not right either. The fear of foreigners is an outdated worldview that we should have abandoned in the eighties. Today, India needs to open up for business. India also needs to be able to learn how to compete with world-class competition. For every Costa Coffee that comes to India, we need to be able to create a Café Coffee Day and Barista that can hold their own. Not letting foreigners come and do business along with us is a sign of weakness. It is like hosting the Olympics and not allowing the best countries to compete. 
    The argument that Indian industry needs to be ready for competition is outdated. We have been getting ready for 20 years, if not longer. Let’s have the confidence that kirana shops will reform too, so they can take on any new competition. 
    However, the support for FDI and some of the PM’s policies in no way implies that the government is off the hook on the various scams. Until now, the government hasn’t demonstrated seriousness about taking the right action on graft. In fact, it denies the scams even occurred. Liberalization is not only about better economic policies, but also about better moral values. Widespread corruption will hurt us much more than a few stores of Wal-Mart ever will. So if we have to debate forever, let us at least do it on the right issues. FDI and Wal-Mart, welcome to India!
TO MARKET, TO MARKET Developing countries like China, Malaysia and Thailand have allowed multi-brand retail without experiencing any economic upheavals 
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Saturday, 22 September 2012

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

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cabinetThiruvananthapuram 190-9-2012: The State Government has decided to provide 9 cooking gas cylinders a year, under subsidised rate for the BPL category, said CM.  He was speaking at a press conference here today.

The BPL category would however get cylinders this year based on the number of cylinders used by them during the financial year 2011-12.

CM said that after looking into the financial liability the State Government would check if the income limit can be extended so that maximum persons get the benefit.

Those who raise their voice against diesel price hike and gas, has not taken any steps to mitigate the burden on the people, said CM and added that this Government has decided not to collect the additional revenue made by increasing the price of petrol which amounts to Rs 55 crore a year since it assumed power.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

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Global Agro Meet in September 2013  : Global Agro Meet will be conducted at Kottyam in September 2013, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today.

The meet would focus attention on the problems faced by farming sector and the various methods to revive the same. Agriculture scientists and experts from related field would participate in the meet.  Discussions will be held to find a solution to the problems faced by Horticrop, Bio farming, Hi-tech farming, Plantation Corporations etc.

Investment Promotion Council

CM said that the Emerging Kerala Meet 2012 was a huge success and that the overwhelming participation and the positive outcome of the meet was a real achievement for the state. He also congratulated Industries Minister, the industries department and KSIDC for the success of the meet. CM also expressed total satisfaction on the arrangements made by the police and the execution of the same.

The follow up actions of the meet are most important, said CM and added that an Investment Promotion Council would be set up with the CM as its Chairman.  Ministers, senior officials and eminent persons related to industries would be the members. Sanction for investments would be given by this council.

Investment Clearance Board

An Investment Clearance Board would also be set up with Chief Secretary as Chairman. There would be seven permanent members in this board.  Additional Chief Secretary (Law) will be the convener and  Secretaries of Finance, Law, Revenue, Environment and MD KSIDC are the other permanent members.

Detailed discussions would be carried out by the Department Secretaries concerned and other high officials over each project that comes. Clearance should be given for the projects submitted within three months, clearing all the formalities. For this certain changes must be made in the law and other formalities. A Committee for Policy Initiatives and Legal Changes will be formed with Law Minister as Chairman to look into these matters.

The unused land given for industrial purposes will be taken back if it is not utilized for the respective purposes within six months.

Sanction of Air Kerala and Mono rail

Government has given sanction for the Air Kerala Project and the Centre has given in principal approval for Mono Rail projects at Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.  Chief Secretary would convene meeting to discuss the actions that needs to be taken for execution of these projects.

Sea Plane by Jan 2013

The Sea plane project was one of the most interested projects of the Emerging Kerala Meet. 58 groups had expressed interest in this project.  Tourism Department has been named the nodal agency for this project. The time frame for starting this project after getting sanction form the Centre has been kept as January 2013.

 Procurement price for paddy increased

The procurement price for paddy has been increased by Rs 2. In the last season paddy was procured at a price of Rs 15. Measures have been taken to extend the benefit of the paddy to farmers.

The procurement of Copra was not a success in the last season. Measures would be taken to overcome the problems this year.

11 Special Schools converted as aided schools

Decision has been taken to convert 8 high schools and 3 higher secondary schools as aided schools.

It has been decided to give 5.2 acres of land on lease for the Kanjangad Central School.

Rs 3 croes will be given for the construction of Sivagiri Convention Centre.

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

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Emerging Kerala attract investments over Rs 40,000 crore PDF Print Email

cab_ernakkulamKochi 14-09-2012: The three day 'Emerging Kerala' global investor meet, aimed at showcasing the state as an investment hub, concluded here, attracting investment proposals of over Rs 40,000 crore, said CM.speaking at the valedictory function

CM said  "I am pleased to inform you of 45 specific project proposals with investments of over Rs.40,000 crore, including BPCL's (Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.) Cochin Refinery expansion and the joint venture project of Rs.18,000 crore, Volkswagen's Engine Assembly unit with an estimated cost of Rs.2,000 crore, a hospital and pre-cast concrete structure manufacturing unit for an amount of Rs.570 crore and a solar energy plant of Rs.500 crore."

He said the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has already announced setting up of a Centre of Excellence in Entrepreneurship in Kerala and added that 43 business proposals were discussed between Kerala and the companies from UK, USA, Japan and Canada.

BPCL today inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government for providing certain tax concessions for the expansion activities.

A total of 555 proposals were discussed at various Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Government (B2G) meetings at the summit.

According to the CM, the 142 proposals deliberated at the B2G meetings would be taken up for further consideration immediately and a final decision would be taken "within 90 days".

"Not even a single piece of land was sold or given on lease. Still, the Opposition boycotted 'Emerging Kerala' for the sake of boycotting...," he said.

"We will further strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem to accelerate this transformation by providing infrastructure in the form of a technology innovation zone in about 10 acres of land in Kochi with an initial investment of Rs.100 crore," CM said.

The CM added that the government would come out with a student entrepreneurship policy, which would provide 20 percent attendance and four percent grace marks to students engaged in entrepreneurship during their study.

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Minimum share in Air Kerala is Rs 10,000: CM PDF Print Email

air_keralaKochi 14-09-2012: The minimum share that a person can buy in Air Kerala project will be of Rs 10,000, said Cm. This is to ensure the participation of common Pravasi Malayalees.

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cm_gk2012Kochi 14-09-2012: The centre should have avoided the diesel price hike, said CM and added that Kerala will avoid additional revenue brought by this hike. With this diesel prices in the state would be decreased.

CM said that the state would ask the centre to withdraw the price hike as it will drastically hit the common man.

With this hike in diesel price, the country would witness strong protests from all corners, the CMsaid. In May when petrol price was increased by Rs 7.50 a litre, the state decided to do away with the additional revenue.

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emerging_kKochi 13-09-2012: There has been an overwhelming response to the Emerging Kerala Meet from the industrial world. Sources indicated that investors are ready to invest in 45 important projects which can be started after getting clearance from the Government.

Even before the start of the meet, 35 projects were received which could be implemented in the state. IT, Health, Higher Education, Tourism, Engineering are the fields in which new projects are proposed.

CM said that the Government is satisfied with the progress of the Emerging Kerala Meet. Cm assured all help including tax waiver for the 20,000 core project of Bharath Petroleum Corporation. Development of Cochin Refinery and petrochemical unit is their projects. CM also proposed to BPCL Chairman to supply cooking gas to fair price hotels at domestic rate.  

Tourism department has informed that Sea Plane Service would be started next year itself. CM said that tax waiver would be given for the fuel used in these planes. The services would also be exempted from operating charges as well. 58 companies were interested in this project.

Representatives from England and Malaysia discussed with CM and Minister Ibrahim Kunju regarding the possibility of investment in developing the roads in the state.

KEF would invest 350 crore for starting pre facilitation unit of the company. 50 acres at Kakanad would be given to start this project.

IT park at Kozhikode (1000 crore), Solar unit at Palakkad (500 crore), Five Star Hotal at Thiruvananthapuram (150 croe) are some of the new projects.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

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ekmtKochi 13-09-2012: CM today said that the construction contract of Kochi Metro rail project would be handed over to DMRC at the earliest.

Meeting of the board of directors will be convened next month again. CM said that the PM has given assurance to look into 13 of the 16 memorandums submitted to him. T K Nair has been entrusted with the task. CM also said that Kerala would get an IIT in the twelfth plan. Air Kerala Board of directors meeting will be held tomorrow, said CM.   

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kwjKochi 13-09-2012: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said media should avoid the desire to be sensational and exercise restraint so that nothing that divides society and country is written, broadcast or telecast.

The media has a very important role to play in promoting greater communal harmony and inter-group and inter-community dialogue and its reporting and opinions should be “fair, objective and balanced”, he said.

“The desire to be sensational should be avoided even though it is very tempting sometimes. Restraint should be exercised so that nothing that divides our society and country is written, broadcast or telecast”, he said inaugurating golden jubilee celebrations of Kerala Union of Working Journalists.

The PM said the tragic developments in Assam and their reverberations in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and other places have shown that we cannot afford to take social peace and harmony for granted.

He emphasised the need to be constantly vigilant and work continuously towards promoting greater communal harmony and inter-group and inter-community dialogue.

Prefacing his advice to the media, he said, “We are proud that freedom of expression is a constitutional guarantee in India. The media in our country is not just a reliable barometer of public opinion; it is also the conscience-keeper of our nation.”

He said the media in Kerala has both reflected people’s aspirations and moulded public opinion. Malayalam dailies were replete with news of development activities long before the concept of development journalism evolved elsewhere in the country.

“I am told that recently there was a successful reality show by a Malayalam TV channel in which different panchayats showcased the development projects in their areas. It is indeed difficult to imagine such a show anywhere else in the country,” PM said.

Noting that most of the old newspapers in Kerala were started as a part of the freedom movement, he said dailies like ‘Deepika’, ‘Malayala Manorama’ and ‘Kerala Kamudi’ have now been in publication for more than 100 years. Another daily ’Mathrubhumi’ will soon cross the 100 years mark, he added.

In the broadcast segment too, the State has more than ten channels with daily news bulletins, including five 24-hours news channels, Mr Singh said, adding these facts show that the media plays an important role in the everyday life of the people. 

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Metro rail to be extended to Kakanad and Nedumbassery: CM PDF Print Email

oomen_chandy_emerging_kerala_logoKochi 13-09-2012: CM today said that the Kochi Metro rail project will be extended to Nedumbassery and Kakanad. The project would be completed in a time bound manner under the leadership of E Sreedharan. CM also added that fair value would be given to the land that is acquired.  

Clearance has been given by the Ministry of Environment and forest for the construction of Aranmula airport. Sanction has been given to fill the paddy fields that have been acquired for the purpose as no cultivation has taken place in these paddy fields for the last 10 years. It will be the first private green field airport in the country.


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Kochi_metro_rail_1Kochi 13-09-2012: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today laid the foundation stone for the Kochi Metro Rail project and said it would facilitate the city's "overall social and economic development".

Union Cabinet Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath presided over the function.

"Kochi's transport infrastructure is already under severe stress, with the demand for travel having risen steeply in recent years. The Metro would provide this area with a modern mass transport system, not only making it convenient for the residents to commute, but also further facilitating Kochi's overall social and economic development," said the PM

The Rs.5,180-crore mega project is expected to be completed in three years. The central government will share about Rs.1,000 crore in the project cost, and the rest of the money will come by way of loans which the state government would avail from funding agencies.

The PM said: "I hope the Kochi Metro Rail Corporation, which is a joint venture company of the central and state governments, will build the Metro efficiently, and will produce a rail network of the highest quality in the quickest possible time."

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

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Emerging Kerala 2012 – A global connect event held in September 2012 to showcase the readiness of Kerala in various investment sectors.
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ekKochi 12-09-2012: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today said that the Centre is considering setting up an Indian Institute of Technology in the state. He was speaking after inaugurating the Emerging Kerala Global Connect Investors Meet here.

The PM extended all support of the Centre for the development of the state. Vallarpadam container terminal and Kochi Metro are examples, said the PM.  He added that Kerala should utilize all its resources for its development particularly in the tourism sector as the state is blessed by nature. Kerala has got enormous tourism potential.

The PM described non-resident Keralites as the backbone of the state's economy. 'More than two million NRKs work in the Middle East and elsewhere and they contribute to the state economy more than 22 per cent of the gross domestic product of the state and is the back bone of the state economy, said the PM.

With the completion of the Kochi Metro rail project l the face of the city would drastically change.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the state desires projects that are environment friendly and it would be ensured that investors act according to the laws of the land.

The CM reiterated that “Emerging Kerala” is not just an investors’ meet. It is a platform for opinion makers and policy providers to sit together and ponder over ways to make Kerala the most desirable, the most happening and the most eco-friendly human habitat on earth.

The CM added that the Government will encourage entrepreneurship amongst the youngsters in Kerala and assured the State Government will extend full support to committed investors who come to Kerala to invest in Kerala within the framework of the law of the land.

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kalaThrissur 12-09-2012: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for a state-of-the-art museum of South Indian Performing Arts at the prestigious Kerala Kalamandalam in Thrissur on Wednesday.

PM said that the proposed museum of South Indian Performing Arts is expected to lead to a greater and renewed interest in the art and culture of this region. The south Indian canvas is endowed with a wide variety of traditional performing arts, including ritual, folk and classical.


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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

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Kochi 11-08-2012: The Master plan for New Delhi Kapoorthala plot and Travancore house plot have been given sanction for its overall development. A committee of MPs has been appointed to discuss the master plan and this would be implemented with the recommendations of the committee, said CM. He was briefing the cabinet decisions here today. This would be submitted to the New Delhi Municipal Council for final acceptance.

The Kerala Irrigation infrastructure Development Corporation would be re established. Water Resources Principal Secretary has been asked to table a report within three months.

The salary and allowances of KILA staffs would be restructured.

Four posts of drug inspector will be crated at Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Drug control office.

Indian Volleyball team member T Aziz will be given posting in KAP battalion as Havildar under sports quota.

District Collector Wayand has been entrusted to acquire 75 acres of land for Sree Chithira Thirunal Medical Institute.

The draft of Kerala Small Hydro Eclectic Power Policy 2012 has been accepted. It would be passed after making necessary amendments after discussions.

Title deeds would be given to 310 fishermen at Neyyatinkara.

Four new Women ITIs at Changanassery, Idukki, Kasaragod and Malappuram would be set up.

It has been decided to create new posts of 210 doctors and 570 staff nurses.

District Collector has been entrusted to take up land for laying LNG pipe line for GAIL. Necessary compensation would be given to land owners. Land would however rest with the owners. Pipes would be laid underneath their land.

It has been decided to give 35.56 R land for Housing Board for lease to construct Revenue Tower.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

All allegations regarding Kovalam Palace and adjoining land totally baseless: CM PDF Print Email

Thiruvananthapuram 10-09-2012: there were mainly two allegations. First the hotel and adjoining land were going to be leased out. Second the decision was taken as an outside agenda in the Cabinet.

As per the Government order issued on 25-08-2012 three things were clearly mentioned. The hotel owners should agree to give complete ownership of the Kovalam Palace and adjoining land to the Government. They should back themselves from the court proceedings initiated by them regarding the ownership and an all party meeting would be held and the decision shall be taken by reaching a consensus in this meeting. If the conditions were satisfied the way to the Palace and adjacent land would be given for lease.

Since the issue is pending in the court for years, the Government is trying to settle the issue amicably at the earliest, said CM.

The UDF Government’s decision is in continuation of the previous government’s decision. The LDF Government had appointed a three member committee to look into the issue. An agreement to give the land of palace for lease was made and the then Tourism Minister had agreed to the proposal. This was sent to the then CM for sanction and he decided to wait for the court’s verdict.

The two orders of previous UDF Government on 18-09-2004 and 25-09- 2004 respectively mentioning the ownership of the land was quashed by the High court and the Government brought an ordinance against this verdict. An act was passed and the palace was taken up by the Government.  The hotel owners filed a case against this and the High court single bench proclaimed verdict against the Government. The division bench was approached which gave its verdict to maintain the status quo.  An all party meeting was called on the same day and on the basis of this meeting necessary steps were initiated.

The decision to lease out the land as per GO on 25-8-2012 did not come as an outside agenda in the cabinet. Cabinet had discussed it more than once. A sub committee was formed and decision was arrived on the basis of their recommendation.

The third allegation is that the decision was not published. It was not published because nobody is sure about the destiny of the proposal.

The CM also said that the allegations raised regarding increasing the area of the Amballor project is totally baseless. The previous Government had given sanction for acquiring 334 acres. This Government has not increased the land for the project even by an acre.

Regarding the Kochi- Coimbatore industrial corridor the previous government has not specified the land that was to be acquired.  INKEL was authorized to prepare the project report. They entrusted Mahindra Company for the same and they had submitted the report to this Government. As per their report 13,350 acreas of land needs to be acquired. As per the Government of India’s National Investment Manufacturing Zone Policy a minimum of 10,000 acres is required for this. CM had written to the Centre to decrease the area that is to be acquired for the project taking into consideration the land scarcity of Kerala.

 Area of land needed for Petroleum Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region was npot mentioned in the proposal but in the budget speech of 2009-2010.  3400 acres was mentioned. But out of these 2200 acres rests with the Public sector undertakings of Central Government.  Only 1200 acres are required.

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September 2012 PDF Print Email


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29-09-2012

CM condoles MS Madhusoodanan's demise

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28-09-2012

Tiger Reserve: Kerala's stand on Monday

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35 Govt. schools upgrading under RMSA scheme

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Saturday, 08 September 2012

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Live Webcast of Chief Minister's speech and  Republic Day  Parade on 26th January will be available at www.keralacm.gov.in

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Friday, 07 September 2012

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Thursday, 06 September 2012

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climateThiruvananthapuram 06-09-2012: Only those developmental activities that protect the environment would be allowed in the state, said CM. He was speaking after inaugurating the state level public consultation workshop on State Governments’ policy on climate change here today.

Strict action would be taken against encroachments on forest land. Protecting the environment today is important because it is over duty to preserve it for the future generation. Kerala has also given shape to the environment policy based on the policy of the Central Government regarding climate change.

The projects related to Emerging Kerala would be given clearance only after conducting environmental impact study. All other allegations are baseless, said CM.

Principal Secretary (Environment) James Varghese, V N Rajasekharan Pillai, P Sreekantan Nair and others were present.

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